Building Power Among Farmworkers

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Disaster response

Following natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding, low-income immigrant communities have consistently been slow to receive assistance, and are often the victims of discriminatory and inadequate services.  FWAF works to organize communities to know their rights in responding to disasters.

Food storage building

Food storage building hub of new disaster plan in Pierson

PIERSON -- For Marisol Bahena, the recently opened addition to the Farmworker Association of Florida's building is more than just bricks and mortar. It represents a symbol of strength for a corner of Volusia County many felt was overlooked when hurricanes struck seven years ago.

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Community Disaster Center

Celebration of Community Disaster Center, Pierson, FL

Three years of negotiation, planning, and perseverance finally came to fruition with the dedication of the Community Disaster Center at the Farmworker Association of Florida’s office in Pierson, FL on October 23, 2011.  Pierson is a rural town where the majority of the largely Hispanic residents work in the fern growing industry.  Pierson and the surrounding areas are considered the Fern Growing Capital of the World.  Fernworkers or ferncutters, as they are called, are seasonal agricultural workers who live in the rural communities in Central Florida north of Orlando.