The office in Pierson was the second FWAF to open and has a long history of work in and with the rural farmworker community there. In 1998, the Catholic Diocese of Orlando assisted FWAF in purchasing the building that now houses the office. The farmworker Credit Union also has their office located in the Pierson office building and pay day finds the office very busy with community members coming for meetings, trainings and also to cash their weekly pay checks.
The main crop in the Volusia and Putnam County area – the area covered by the Pierson office – is ferns that are used in flower arrangements and that are shipped around the world. The Pierson area claims to be “The Fern Capitol of the World.” West of the busy Daytona Beach area, Pierson and the surrounding communities are quiet, rural communities that are home to miles and miles of ferneries, wooded areas, and rural towns, including Barberville, Seville, Emporia, Crescent City, and others.