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Farmworker Reality Tour
Sun, May 7, 2017, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
The Farmworker Reality Tour will challenge participants to better understand the conditions of Mexican farmworkers in Central California. The tour will begin at Crystal Bay Farm where we will have an opportunity to observe three farming practices common in the area: organic agroecological production, organic industrial agriculture, and commercial industrial agriculture.
A Oaxacan family will discuss their lives and describe the every-day challenges that they face. They will also provide a strawberry picking demonstration. Participants will have the opportunity to pick and purchase organic strawberries. Next, we will visit the Buena Vista Migrant Labor Camp where farmworkers will share their apartments with us and the challenges their children face in receiving an education.
Finally, we will travel to central Watsonville and meet a farmworker family that will provide us with a delicious traditional Mexican meal and further discussion regarding wages, working conditions, the use of pesticides and other challenges. The farmworker meal is included in the cost of the tour.