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Shepreneurs of Porterville: Somphane Hunter of Arlo Farms Microgreens

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somphane hunter - arlo farms microgreens

My name is Somphane Hunter.  I am a former teacher of 13 years and worked in education for over 20 years in Tulare County.  Throughout my teaching I was always self motivated and driven to go above and beyond.  As an educator I conducted school gardening, acquired grants for community projects, organized non profit community events and activities, collaborated with other agencies and organizations, volunteered for CASA, served on boards and other political committees, served as treasurer for my teacher's association and the Association of Mexican American Educators, taught Zumba, worked in commercial janitorial cleaning and dabbled in photography and real estate.  During my spare time I worked on many do-it-yourself home projects and learned residential electrical wiring from a local mentor. 


After two decades in education I decided to take a different path in life while still serving my same goals: having time and freedom for the people I care about the most while still helping others.  When I saw the microgreens farming business ad online, I jumped to it and dove in head first.  Having my own business would be a combination of all the skills I acquired working in education: collaboration, effective communication, attention to details, marketing, organizing, patience, promoting healthy eating habits, growing food and educating others on it.  Since the start of Arlo Farms Microgreens in 2023, I have been growing and selling at the Springville Farmer's Market on Saturdays and making home deliveries on Wednesdays.  Thanks to the support from my community, I am able to continue growing the business while offering our city nutrient dense, fresh food that is locally grown. 

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