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Fresh Rice, by Lisa Hamilton

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Published on Jun 11, 2015

Three decades ago, Bao Thao and her family fled their Hmong village in Laos, never to return. Today, she is planting rice in an abandoned lot in Fresno, CA--and building a bridge home.

Lisa Hamilton is a writer and photographer whose work centers on agriculture and communities. Her piece, "The Quinoa Quarrel," done in partnership with FERN and published in Harper's, won a 2015 James Beard award.

Fern Talks & Eats is a party, a performance, and a moveable feast. The centerpiece of the evening is a series of stories told by FERN writers. Like a progressive meal, each story unfolds from a different stage, paired with a thematically related dish specially prepared by an area chef. The dish with Hamilton's talk was arroz con leche, by Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia.

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