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by Sharon Southworth
on June 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Many years ago, when I first worked with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in 1988, we many Hmong and Laotion families in the cities of Beaumont and Banning in Riverside County. I had several occasions to work with the adult members of their families through The Headstarts in both of these small cities. I got to demonstrate making biscuits, in the apartment of a family in Banning, which was a wonderful experience. (They really wanted to make bread, but my program only had a biscuits mix.)  
They so innovative that flower bed of the apartment complex had some native foods growing in the planter. I was able eventually to get some copies of our curriculum in language of Hmomg. I hope the participants had as much fun with the program as I did. These people have had such an impact on our small community, and I am so thankful that they found the land to work with that their hearts were yearning for. Thank you Mr. Molnar for all that you have experienced with them. They are such a giving people.  
We need some greenhouses here with some of the Asian vegetables and fruits. The agricultural community could use a fresh boost in agriculture, as we are slowly recovering from the last decade. Thanks much to Jose Aguiar and Carmen Gispert in our Coachella Valley, and Vonny Barlow in the community of Blythe. Sincerely,  
Sharon Southworth Program Representative for EFNEP.
by Michael Haun
on February 26, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Richard is an amazing human, I count him as one of my earliest mentors. Hope he still remembers the fun we had figuring out the rooting process for the spineless caper cuttings he brought back to reedley!
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