Support the Hmong and Mien Flower Farmers impacted by COVID-19
If you have bought any of these beautiful bouquets in the past from our local Hmong and Mien flower farmers at Pike Place Market or at other farmers markets in the Puget Sound region, thank you for always supporting them! By grabbing a bouquet, you have brightened your home, or brought joy to someone special in your life, or added beauty to a party celebration.
During this unprecedented time of quarantine Hmong and Mien farmers need our support more than ever! Because of the recent closure of farmers markets including Pike Place Market due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Hmong and Mien flower farmers have been displaced with no income while their flowers are blooming and rotting in the fields. Without community support, some of our Hmong and Mien flower farmers may go out of business soon and will not be able to revive their businesses next season.
The Hmong Association of Washington created this fund to support the 80+ farms that are facing economic hardship in this turbulent time. Your donation will be used to support Hmong and Mien farmers to maintain their farm businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But if you can’t give at this time, please help share this Godfundme with your friends and family and on your Facebook timeline. Any amount will help and be much appreciated by all the Hmong and Mien flower farmers.
Thank you for your love and support!
Hmong Association of WA
About the Hmong and Mien flower farmers in WA:
Hmong and Mien farmers have been selling their products at Pike Place Market and the region’s farmers markets since 1982. The flower displays are a major tourist attraction all year long and have a huge economic impact in the Puget Sound area and downtown Seattle. When Hmong people came to the United States as refugees in the 70’s they brought their farming experience and skills with them to create a livelihood for themselves. In 1982, Hmong and Mien refugee farmers formed the Indochinese Farm Project that was funded by King County and the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority and Washington State University. The project started with six families, and grew to over 80 families today. Along the way, Hmong and Mien farmers were introduced to floriculture production and quickly became floriculture specialists. Now, each family has created a business selling flowers and produce throughout the region with the majority of flower farmers concentrated at Pike Place Market. Today, more than 80 percent of the flower vendors at Pike Place Market are Hmong and Mien producers. Due to language barrier and being illiterate, many of the Hmong and Mien producers rely heavily on farmers markets as a venue where they can sell their flowers. With the farmers market closure, their only source of income has evaporated.
About the Hmong Association of WA (HAW):
The Hmong Association of Washington is a non-profit organization started in 1983 to serve the Hmong Community in western WA and has created this GoFundMe campaign to help Hmong and Mien Flower Farmers who have been affected by COVID-19. For more information about HAW, please visit us at www.hmongofwa.org or at www.facebook.com/hmongofwa. If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.