Héktor Calderón was born in Mexico City, and grew up in Santa Ana in Southern California. He received a BA from San Diego State in International Business with an emphasis in Management in the region of Latin America, and completed an apprenticeship with the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, where he earned an advanced certificate in Ecological Horticulture. Hector has worked on diversified vegetable production operations both in Northern and Southern California, and has also worked with orchard trees both residentially and on small scale farms. Hector is the son of immigrants, a protector of food justice, food sustainability and food sovereignty issues. At PAN, Hector is working as a Farmer Justice Fellow with the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, based out of the Agricultural Land Based Training Association (ALBA) in the Salinas Valley. Following the passing of the 2017 Farmer Equity Act, Hector will be connecting with and sharing stories of farmers of color in the Central Coast to shape policies and support structures that create a more just, equitable and connected agricultural playing field.
Farmer Justice Fellow