Maria Eugenia Martinez, I am from Mexico City. I came to Fellsmere in 2004 when two hurricanes, Charlie and Ivan, made landfall in the area. I worked in the parks clearing fallen trees after the hurricanes’ destruction. I also worked in the fields identifying canker and greening infections in palm trees and digging up ditches. In 2007 I became an alternate representative in the board of directors of the Association representing Fellsmere. In 2008 I started working for FWAF as a Community Health Worker with the Closing the Gap and Baby I Love You Projects. In 2010 I joined the Campesinos Garden and so began my adventure in Agroecology. One of my passions is seeing the transformation of a seed into a flower or fruit, and knowing that is something organic, with no chemicals, and respecting Pachamama (Mother Earth). Also knowing that I am helping my community know about their rights, training them how to protect themselves against pesticides and other things, which is very important to me. I have two children, Adan who is 22 and Mishell, who is 12, and my husband Josue. I always recognize that without the suppoort of my family I would not still be part of the Farmworker Association of Florida.