Agroecology refers to traditional agricultural practices carried out by our ancestors across the different continents of the globe before our food production became industrialized and extractive. It is community-based food production without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The Farmworker Association of Florida’s Agroecology program is part of our work on food sovereignty and environmental justice.
Low income immigrant communities have many factors or barriers that contribute to them being marginalized, underserved, and under represented. FWAF works to inform immigrant farmworkers of their rights and engage them in decision making and policy setting processes that impact their lives.
Health and Environmental Justice
Through education and community organizing, the Farmworkers Association of Florida works to improve farmworkers’ health, working conditions, and access to quality healthcare; raise awareness of the harmful effects of toxic pesticides; and influence policy related to health and safety protections for farmworkers. We provide community education and health referrals in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, pregnancy, HIV and STDs, and women’s health issues.
FWAF organizes and builds the skills of farmworkers to address injustice in the workplace, such as wage theft, and the impacts of globalization and mechanization. In addition, the Association works with minority small farmers to access the resources necessary to maintain and improve their farm operations.