FWAF’s long-standing mission is to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.
FWAF's guiding vision is a social environment where farmworkers' contribution, dignity, and worth is acknowledged, appreciated, and respected through economic, social, and environmental justice. This vision includes farmworkers being treated as equals, and not exploited and discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, or socioeconomic status.
In keeping true to the mission and guiding vision, FWAF's core strategy is to help farmworkers realize their power to be effective agents of social and personal change by:
- validating and strengthening the experience and understanding of farmworkers;
- building farmworkers' capacity to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives;
- raising consciousness about and advocating for farmworkers' rights and justice.
Toward this goal, FWAF's programs and activities build leadership and activist skills among low-income communities of color who are disproportionately affected by pesticide exposure/health problems, environmental contamination, racism, exploitation, and political under-representation.