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Health Needs Assessment of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Apopka, Florida

Health Needs Assessment of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Apopka, Florida Steven Bright, MS-2, UCF College of Medicine Faculty Advisor: Dr. Simms-Cendan Research Mentor: Jeannie Economos 03/01/2011 The goal of this study was to determine the health status, needs, attitudes and barriers to healthcare of MSFW in Apopka, FL. Interviews were conducted with 41 MSFW … Continue reading

Mother Nature, Make Me Rich

From MRZine.MonthlyReview.org, Michael D. Yates, 31 May 2011. NBC recently aired a show called America’s Next Great Restaurant.  Contestants, each of whom hoped to open a restaurant chain, were put through a series of tests to see whose idea had the best chance for success.  A panel of judges eliminated one person at the end of … Continue reading

Georgia Immigration Reform Bill Stresses Growers

From CNN.com, Mike Pearson, 31 May 2011. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Georgia fruit and vegetable growers complain state immigration law is hurting them More than 30 percent of needed field labor is bypassing the state, a growers’ group says The law allows police broader latitude to check immigration status It also requires employers to use a federal … Continue reading

Commentary: Protection from Methyl Iodide

From MontereyHerald.com, Ed Mitchell, Guest Commentary, 31 May 2011. Methyl iodide is seven times more toxic than previous fumigants applied on strawberry fields across North Monterey County. So whether you are a strawberry farmer, farmworker, parent with children attending school near strawberry fields, or a resident in North County, you will soon experience widespread agricultural … Continue reading

History: Police Helped Growers Fight ‘Bolshevik’ Union

From ContraCostaTimes.com, Joe Blackstock, Staff Writer, 30 May 2011. [CA]–There were no more sinister initials to an Inland Valley rancher than IWW. Just a hint of the presence of the IWW – Industrial Workers of the World – in the neighborhood was enough to make employers quake in their boots. A strong, socialist-leaning union, sometimes … Continue reading

Hiring Migrant Workers a Matter of Survival for Some Utah Farms

From DeseretNews.com, Dennis Romboy, 30 May 2011. PAYSON [UT] — McMullin Orchards puts out the “help wanted” sign each year for workers to prune its trees and harvest its fruit. This past year, owner Robert McMullin had more takers than usual. “We actually had three or four or five applicants,” said the third-generation farmer. But, … Continue reading

Special Series on Education: Down the Dusty, Dirt Road: Migrant Education Outreach in Appalachia

Part of the Forum’s special series on migrant education programs. From SfAANews.SfAA.net, Society for Applied Anthropology, Mary Beth Schmid, Migrant Education Outreach Specialist, 1 Nov 2010. Farm work as a Latino labor niche has a long history in the U.S. and we have heavily relied on it for over 150 years. Many times farm workers bring … Continue reading

Special Series on Education: Itinerant Life Weighs on Farmworkers’ Children

Part of the Forum’s special series on migrant education programs. From NYTimes.com, The New York Times, “Itinerant Life Weighs on Farmworkers’ Children” by Patricia Leigh Brown, 12 Mar 2011. SALINAS, Calif. — A girl in Oscar Ramos’s third-grade class has trouble doing homework because six relatives have moved into her family’s rusted trailer and she … Continue reading

Special Series on Education: A Journey From Field to Classroom

Part of the Forum’s special series on migrant education programs. From NYTimes.com, The New York Times, “A Journey From Field to Classroom” by Patricia Leigh Brown, 12 Mar 2011. Oscar Ramos spent his childhood adrift, picking lettuce, chilies and walnuts: Portersville to Visalia, Visalia to Delano, Delano to Bakersfield, Bakersfield to Gilroy. In the classroom, … Continue reading

Special Series: Migrant Education Programs

During the month of June 2011, Farmworkers Forum will be posting a special series of articles and links to resources focusing on migrant education programs and education outreach programs. Some of the articles have been previously posted on the Forum but are being reposted for this series. If you know of articles and resources that … Continue reading

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