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July 27, 2009

The Fight To Farm

Only about two and a half percent of American farms are owned by Latinos. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin thinks that has a lot to do with discrimination.

Regi grew up farming in the Guatemalan rain forest, learning about beans, bananas, coffee and many other crops from his father. He went to a top agricultural school in Guatemala. Then he met his wife Amy, an American who was volunteering in Guatemala. They moved to Minnesota and Regi began to work towards his dream of owning his own farm. Regi has faced significant obstacles. He's now running a non-profit that helps other Latino farmers get started on the land. Janet Babin talks with Regi about growing up in the lush rain forest, his new life in Minnesota surrounded by corn fields, and the farm that still eludes him.

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