Building Power Among Farmworkers

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Student Involvement

Students from Rollins College take a Lake Apopka Toxic Tour, learning about the environmental justice issues in the Central Florida community in South Apopka.

Students at Stetson University organized a panel discussion on immigration, including farmworkers, in the evening and a presentation by former farmworkers exposed to pesticides the next afternoon for the national IMPACT conference held on campus.

Students from Rollins College build a new ramp at the home of a disabled former farmworker woman as part of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Service Learning

People young and old are looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities, and they are giving of their time and talents to be a force for positive change in the world.  At the Farmworker Association of Florida, the past seven years have seen a dynamic increase in the amount, level and quality of student, youth, and adult engagement with the farmworker and immigrant communities.  Learning about farmworkers and the agricultural system in which they work has engendered interest, awakened passions, and stimulated action by professors, students, church groups, and others. This has taken many forms, from participation in Lake Apopka and/or Environmental Justice ‘Toxic Tours’; to food and clothes drives on school campuses; to ‘gleaning’ projects with the gleaned food being donated to the farmworker community; to one-day work/construction projects; to longer term and more in-depth projects, such as summer internships, research projects, fundraising activities, and panel discussions and presentations with and for classes.   The wide variety of projects and community engagement activities is a testament to the creativity, commitment, caring, and consciousness of the people involved.  The best way to share the many activities, projects and contributions of students and volunteers is to show you.  A picture is worth a thousand words!

 

If you are interested in getting involved, open this document.  (Here)