When we first met Rigo Bucio of Bucio Organic Farm in 2013, he was successfully farming on five acres, growing healthy food, and delivering it to market. However, despite his technical skills, Rigo was struggling with the business aspects of farming. He needed to find a better way to manage his finances so that he could turn his passion for growing good food into viable living that would support his young family. Additionally, as an immigrant from Mexico, Rigo faced other barriers to success - he spoke very little English and was lacking experience with computers and email.
Enter Kitchen Table Advisors. Over the last three years that Rigo has participated in our program, we have worked with him extensively on organizing his finances and diversifying his sales outlets. We provided him with an external sounding board to help shape his vision and plan for long-term growth, and helped him think through the critical questions he needed to answer to achieve these goals. Additionally, we connected him with California FarmLink to acquire the financing he needed to expand his operations.
With the help of our one-on-one business advising sessions, Rigo has made tremendous progress developing the business skills he needs and building the support network necessary to run a successful farm business. Since we began working with him, Rigo has more than tripled the number of acres he is farming (17) and more than doubled his sales. He now employs 10 seasonal workers during peak season and has brought on a bookkeeper who helps manage his finances.
By successfully expanding his business and organizing his finances, Rigo has increased his net income and ability to support his family. In our conversations with Rigo, he shares his appreciation for our support: Kitchen Table Advisors pulls him out of the fields and the day-to-day operations of the farm and pushes him to think about his business, how he is going to grow, and how he can best support his family
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A special thanks to volunteer Sarah Trent for taking the photos used in this post.