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“After I Pick the Fruit”

After I PIck the Fruit is a feature documentary produced and directed by Nancy Ghertner. The film follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women over a ten-year period as they labor in the apple orchards of rural western New York, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era … Continue reading

Film Documents Lives of Female Farmworkers

From,Jennifer Burke, Catholic Courier, 18 Nov 2011. PITTSFORD, NY — In 2000, filmmaker Nancy Ghertner realized that although she’d lived in Sodus for 30 years, there was an entire segment of her town’s population that she knew almost nothing about. Nestled near Lake Ontario in Wayne County, the rural community of Sodus is home … Continue reading

Young Farmworkers Share Their Stories in New Film

From, Elizabeth Sullivan, 11 Oct 2011. For most industries, state law in North Carolina mandates that children must be at least 14 years old to work. But like the rest of the country, there is no age requirement for agricultural work and many start at 10 or 12, and get exposed to toxic pesticides … Continue reading

Photo Exhibit of Migrant Workers to Open in Grafton

From, Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald, 1 Oct 2011. “American Nile,” a photographic story of Hispanic migrant workers in the Red River Valley, will open Oct. 18 at Steve Larson Photography Studio in Grafton, a collaboration of the Grafton Fine Arts Club and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. “American … Continue reading

‘Bracero’ Poems a Tribute to Yuman’s Grandfather

From, Mara Knaub, Sun Staff Writer, 16 Aug 2011. When Erika Vazquez-Aguilar’s grandmother offered her jewelry to “remember me by,” she told her grandmother there was only one thing she really wanted: a collection of letters written by her grandparents when her grandfather worked in the United States as a “bracero.” Vazquez-Aguilar, 38, had … Continue reading

The Hyphen Lowdown on Filmmaker Marissa Aroy

From, Nicole Wong, 12 Aug 2011. The Hyphen Lowdown is a bi-weekly Q&A series profiling the influential and interesting, from actors, musicians, politicians — maybe even someone in your neighborhood! This week, Hyphen editor Nicole Wong chats with award-winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy. At Restaurant Peony in Oakland’s Chinatown, I met up with Emmy award-winning … Continue reading

Seattle Nonprofit to Take Over Operations at KDNA Radio Station

From, Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, 11 Aug 2011. GRANGER, Wash. — After about two years of turmoil and uncertainty, Radio KDNA in Granger may be headed for better days under the reins of a west-side nonprofit. Sea Mar Community Health Centers based in Seattle could officially begin operating the Spanish-language station known as “the … Continue reading

“The Harvest” – Children in the Fields, but Not at Play

From, Mike Hale, 31 Jul 2011. Movie Review: “The Harvest/La Cosecha” “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” an earnest documentary about child migrant farmworkers in the United States, has a muckraking agenda but a melancholy soul. As it follows a 16-year-old boy and two girls, 12 and 14, through one harvest cycle, it depicts their lives as a … Continue reading

An Interview with Lucio Padilla for The Gatekeepers Post

From, July 2011. Lucio Padilla shares the touching and personal inspiration behind his autobiography,Memoirs of a Lechuguero. Read more about Lucio and his cause at What inspired you to write your latest book? I only have one book; it is self-published.  It is an autobiography; the name is Memoirs of a Lechuguero (Memoirs of a Lettuce Harvester) and … Continue reading

That Perfect Florida Tomato, Cultivated for Bland Uniformity

From, Dwight Garner, 5 Jul 2011. TOMATOLAND How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit By Barry Estabrook 220 pages. Andrews McMeel. $19.99. Jonathan Lethem has seen the future of agribusiness, and that future is strange. In his novel “Girl in Landscape” (1998), he imagined humans inhabiting a new planet where meals grow inside “potatoes” … Continue reading

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