2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Rodrigo Cala

Lead Agricultural Trainer

Latino Economic Development Center


Rodrigo Cala grew up in a farm family near Mexico City which grew broccoli and cauliflower. The family operated a vending booth at the Centro de Abastos in Mexico City, which is a huge wholesale market. He moved from Mexico to Minnesota in 1996.

After graduating from the Minnesota Food Association three-year training program for immigrant farmers near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, Rodrigo and his brother purchased their own farm. The training included classroom sessions and three years of growing experience on the incubator farm.

At LEDC, Rodrigo is responsible for developing and delivering an agricultural training program for beginning Latino farmers. He provides the technical steps in raising a broad variety of vegetables to guide beginning farmers as they launch farm incubator cooperatives. He also delivers classroom training sessions to new group seven farm farmer cooperatives. In addition, Rodrigo provides on-site consulting to each group in the initial year of production ongoing support in succeeding years. He has also provided guidance to co-op members in the management of a cooperative organization in collaboration with LEDC.


Thursday, May 12th

9:00am - 10:00am

Welcome Day 2 & Mainstage Session 3 - "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice: Building a Food System That Works for Everyone"

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

Welcome to Day 2! Join us for a special opening discussion.

In a country synonymous with abundance, millions of Americans have disproportionate access to the opportunities, resources, and distribution of benefits offered by our food system. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that cause this is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will explore indigenous food systems and waste-free sustainable practices that exist among indigenous communities, as well as how food waste and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values intersect and impact each other.

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