In this issue, we speak with Patricia Dominguez, USDA-RD State Director for New Mexico. A native of rural Peñasco in northern New Mexico, Dominguez brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the rural Southwest to her role.
West Sacramento, Calif. – Robert Apodaca recently joined Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Board of Directors
Beneath the dense pine canopy of the San Bernardino National Forest, Jane, a U.S. Armed Forces veteran and college graduate, faced an adversary she never expected: homelessness. Despite adhering to society’s prescribed path to success, this single mother became part of a fast-growing yet often invisible demographic—the “mobile homeless.” Suddenly, her family’s world had shrunk to the cramped backseat of her deteriorating car.
In this issue, we speak with Julia Hnilicka, State Director for USDA Rural Development – Alaska. Hnilicka was born and raised in the rural Alaskan village of Nenana, where she has spent most of her life. Her upbringing as the child of a tugboat captain and an educator has provided her with a firsthand understanding of the complex issues confronting rural households.
When COVID-19 struck, Rock Front Ranch in California’s Cuyama Valley faced an uncertain future. With a $25,000 loan from RCAC’s RELieF program and dedicated training from RCAC’s BRE team, this regenerative organic farm not only weathered the storm but emerged with an even stronger foundation for future success.