HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!
It’s a Thanksgiving Day Special! We talk to Brian Wong President of BKW Farms. When most series take Thanksgiving week off we decided to release this episode on Thanksgiving Day because of the relevance of food production in our celebration of Thanksgiving.
In this episode we start to understand the incredible risk that farmers take in running a business. From contracts, to storms, to water supply, everything for a farmer is a risk. The history of how farming emerged in Pima County is shared, as well as the reason for specific crop choice. We discuss climate change and its relevance to BKW farms, GMOs, shortage on the Colorado River and all the ways that farms in Arizona protect themselves from this risk. The global nature of food and crop production are discussed, and the shape of what that means to food security starts to emerge in my discussion with Brian.
Brian is a 3rd generation farmer and President of BKW Farms in Marana, Arizona. Brian graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a major in Agricultural Economics and Management. He currently sits as Chairperson on the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) and is a Board Member with the Southern Arizona Water Users Association representing BKW Farms.