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Hunger Pains

From, Sara Rubin, 16 Feb 2012. With more than a quarter of Monterey County’s children living in poverty, accessing food takes priority. Children ride around on tricycles in the King City Fairgrounds parking lot. They look like they’ve gathered to play on a sunny morning, under the watch of grown-ups who stand around talking, … Continue reading

Pine Island Migrants Suffer After Floods

From, John Sullivan, 17 Nov 2011. No crops, no work, with winter ahead Pine Island, NY — The devastation wrought by the floods in August and September have left an untold number of migrant laborers in the Black Dirt region scrambling for ways to survive the winter. “Most of them would have been packing … Continue reading

Fieldworkers’ Nutrition Problem

From, Melody Parker, 9 Nov 2011. Winter spells time off for field workers—and less money for food Elia Fernandez walks cautiously to the middle of the room and glances at the exit sign before turning towards the 40 strangers awaiting her story. She stands behind the translator, Ann Lopez, and waits to be announced. … Continue reading

Quarter of California Farmworkers Live in Poverty

From, 25 Oct 2011. The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is launching a project to address California farmworkers’ living and working conditions. Through one-on-one interviews with members of local organizations that serve farmworkers, the researchers intend to learn how the university can best help with research, education and outreach. “A sustainable food … Continue reading

Food Day Can’t Be Celebrated Without Honoring Migrant Farm Workers

From, Marisa Treviño, 24 Oct 2011. LatinaLista — With family grocery bills getting higher and higher with every run to the store, it’s hard to be thankful for our food. Yet, that’s exactly what we need to be and why today is being celebrated as Food Day. For the first time in 34 years, the … Continue reading

In Produce Paradise, Farm Workers Can Finally Eat Their Own Harvest

From, Patricia Leigh Brown, 27 Jul 2011. Every Saturday morning, Auscencio Perez can be found beneath the shade trees at the county fairgrounds in Merced, presiding over a colorful cascade of melons, peaches and strawberries, as well as pipicha, an aromatic herb similar to cilantro, and verdolaga, a long-stemmed green used in salads. “Over … Continue reading

Safety-Net for Uninsured Salinas Farm-Workers

From, Patricia Carrillo, 21 Jul 2011. Though there are many groups advocating for farm-worker rights, like the United Farm Workers of America and Farmworker Justice, not much has changed since the days of Cesar Chavez to improve their safety and health. On June 28, 2011 California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 104, the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act that would have allowed California … Continue reading

Hunger Stalks California’s Rural Communities

From, David Bacon, 17 Jul 2011. See the full photo essay here. Driving south out of Silicon Valley, the big electronics plants gradually disappear, along with the sprawling developments that house their workers. In their place spreads San Benito County’s fields of lettuce and tomatoes and orchards of apricots and walnuts. Something else changes … Continue reading

Pescadero Farmer’s Market Debuts Today

From, Kristine Wong, 7 Jul 2011. Despite its place as a hub for sustainable farming in San Mateo County and the Bay Area, Pescadero and the South Coast had yet to host their own farmer’s market — until now. Today, the Pescadero Grown! Certified Farmer’s Market will open for the first time, featuring local … Continue reading

Food Bank Launches Migrant Farm Worker Initiative

From, Alyson Cunningham, 5 Jul 2011. Program provides meals to kids enrolled in educational projects MILTON [DE] — A new initiative spearheaded by the Delaware Food Bank and the state’s Migrant Education Program will provide meals for students enrolled in two summer projects. The MEP is a federally funded project that ensures all migrant … Continue reading

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