Maria J. Santos


The case of how the participation of a group of agricultural producers of Mexican origin located in south western Michigan in a project which sought to transfer knowledge turned into a network in which Latino agricultural specialists were incorporated and how they were able to transmit useful knowledge and counselling on growing blueberries to the producers. The process of building this network lets us see how much the programs, projects, financing, actions and adoption of technological packages and knowledge for successfully growing and selling blueberries also became a tool which favoured the incorporation of these producers into the necessary practices within the American agricultural system. Up to the present, the project has allowed the Mexican producers to develop certain administrative and control skills, which in some cases, have had a bearing on their obtaining subsidies which are offered to newly arrived producers in the sector. They have also improved agricultural management and have learned the specifications for growing blueberries.


Knowledge, Latinos farmers, networks, agricultural skills


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