VEGGI Farmers Cooperative works with local Vietnamese farmers to sell and market local produce to restaurants and markets in the New Orleans area.
Khai Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen
Khai Nguyen grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in business. In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, Khai started working with MQVN Community Development Corporation in New Orleans East with its workforce development program to assist affected fishermen. Since 2010, Khai has worked with these Vietnamese fishermen in the VEGGI Farmers Cooperative. Currently, Khai works with VEGGI to continue to provide sustainable jobs and provide healthy food throughout the city.
Daniel Nguyen attended UC San Diego for his undergraduate career, where he was introduced to environmental racism, which causes disproportionate stress on minority communities. Daniel believes environmental and economic destruction are inherently linked, and thus environmental sustainability is crucial to building sustainable communities. Previously, Daniel managed the Viet Village Urban Farm Sustainable Aquaculture Park, a community-driven process to create green jobs that address issues of unemployment, food access, and environmental concerns.
“VEGGI’s involvement as one of Propeller’s Accelerator Fellows has been transformative – we’ve spent months working closely with consultants such as Nora Ellertsen from the Funding Seed to polish our pitch, strengthen our local and national networks, develop fundraising and financial strategic plans. We exceeded our fundraising targets to capitalize new farmers!”
Co-Founder, VEGGI Farmers Cooperative ('13)