National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is March 25th – March 31st, a week of action for communities to bring attention to farmworker issues, shed light on, and bring honor to the important contributions farmworkers make to our daily lives.
It’s never been easier to learn about farmworkers than by watching this selection of specially curated videos. Take this opportunity, while we’re all stuck at home, to learn about these essential jobs and the people who keep our food system operating. All you have to do is click play to educate yourself about the problems many farmworkers face and what some organizations are doing to drive change.
The problems Edward R. Murrow highlighted in his landmark documentary “HARVEST OF DIGNITY” that aired nearly 50 years ago largely remain unsolved. Watch this update to learn about the stories of farmworkers families and their current-day struggles…
“It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” — Caesar Chavez
Greg Asbed and Gerardo Reyes Chavez share how partnerships that bring together farmworkers, farmers, and corporations are helping to stop labor force abuses in agricultural fields in America and in industries across the globe.
“Now when we, workers and consumers, speak with one voice, the billion-dollar brands have no choice but to listen and we are telling them what we want, we’re telling them that it is time for a human rights revolution.” — Greg Asbed
NatureSweet keeps its focus on people
EFI Certified tomato grower, NatureSweet, is transforming the lives of agricultural workers in North America. Watch how they are making a difference.
GoodFarms — COVID-19 preventive measures for H2A workers
Watch Edgar Pinto from GoodFarms, talk about the guidelines to protect temporary workers during this health crisis.
COVID-19 guidelines in EFI-certified greenhouse, Windset Farms
Watch a Greenhouse worker talk about preventive measures established by EFI-certified grower, Windset Farms.
How Bon Appétit is Harvesting Change
The Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation hosted TEDxFruitvale: Harvesting Change, a special one-day conference that focused on farmworkers and labor movements. Watch videos from some of the great advocates, workers, and business people who offer their unique perspectives on the issue.
We recommend watching:
Maisie Ganzler – Bon Appetit Management Company
Will Scott – Farmer and President of African American Farmers
Flavio Cornejo, Physician: What Farmwork Does To A Body
Nikki Henderson, People’s Grocery: The Black Power and Farmworker Movements
BON APPÉTIT’S OTHER ACTIONS RELATED TO FARMWORKERS’ RIGHTS:
Watch the Cesar Chavez Movie
National Farmworker Awareness Week always concludes on March 31, César Chávez’s birthday. Want to know more about this civil rights leader and farmworker activist? The fantastic 2014 biopic “César Chávez: An American Hero” starring Michael Peña is available for streaming.