Category Archives: fruits and vegetables

Avocado Farm Work

These photos show the avocado harvest work being done at Acosta Farms in Princeton, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Acosta Farms, a sister company of New Limeco LLC, harvests over 100,000-pounds of avocados per day and ships more than 400,000 bushels per growing season.

The first photo shows workers emptying a basket of donnie avocados into bins.

This second photo also shows the emptying of baskets full of avocados during harvest, and the machinery that is used.

Finally, a packing worker applies PLU stickers to donnie avocados.

All of these photos were taken by Mark Elias for Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Hmong Farming Community Near Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo by Kimberley Britt @ FlickrCC July 10, 2014.
“Smiling Eyes” – local farmer – in Minnesota

With a population of 66,000, Minneapolis has the largest Hmong urban population in the world. Farm programs for the Hmong in the Twin Cities area were begun in the 1980s.

These next photos are all taken at HAFA farm in Minnesota. HAFA stands for Hmong American Farmers Association. This group has benefitted the region with their unique and diverse specialty crops, as you will see in the photos.

Mao – onions – HAFA FARM

JUDY GAO – looking south – HAFA FARM

Veronica – wash stations – HAFA FARM

Mo, Sam, Mao, Vinai – red potatoes – HAFA FARM

Mao, Moua, Mao – peas – HAFA FARM

Tha corn seed – HAFA FARM


Finally, here is a video explaining the HAFA farm:

I’d venture to guess that this Hmong farm community around Minneapolis is aging as its younger generation chooses urban jobs over rural, as is the case everywhere else, too.

Photos are by Mike Hazard, Media for HAFA, FlickrCC.

Cherokee Tomato Photo

This photo shows the “black” Cherokee tomato,
an heirloom from the Cherokee tribe, 1800s. Delish!
Photo is by Suzie’s Farm @ FlickrCC

In my experience, from growing heirloom Russian black tomatoes, they taste wonderful but you must eat them quickly or they rot – or get eaten by critters. Other gardeners are welcome to weigh in. But, yes, they are delicious.