Meet the Farmer Pushing for a Guaranteed Basic Income for Agricultural Workers

Meet the Farmer Pushing for a Guaranteed Basic Income for Agricultural Workers

As California’s water crisis worsens, farmer and activist Mai Nguyen is calling on the state to support affected small-scale agricultural producers and farmworkers. California’s lack of water is pushing independent, small-scale farm operators like Mai Nguyen past their breaking point. Mai Nguyen has been growing heirloom wheat varieties in California’s Sonoma County for eight years. But this spring was the first time in their career when they didn’t plant a crop at all.

“I was planning for another major drought year, but we had rain, and I’m trying to not kick myself,” they say.

The farmer and social justice activist—who distributes […]

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