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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Farmworker Reality Tour

Farmworker Reality Tour

Doors Open: 3:00 PM
Program Starts: 3:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

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oin us for a 3 hour "Farmworker Reality Tour" that takes place through The Center for Farmworkers Families on Sunday, October 14th.

Farmworker housing is typically located in remote areas far from the general population and invisible to the public. Farmworker Reality Tours address this issue by allowing participants to meet, dialogue with and hear testimonials of farmworkers.

This tour will allow participants to better understand the difficult conditions that farmworkers must contend with in order to survive on the Central Coast. We will visit three locations on the tour, including an agroecological farm, the Buena Vista Migrant Camp and the dilapidated rented home of a farmworker that will serve us a delicious, traditional dinner.

During the tour we will hear stories about the factors that compel undocumented immigrants from Mexico to make harrowing, unsafe border crossings. We will hear about the challenges to children's education among farmworkers that live in the state's migrant camps, and we will learn about the life of a brave single Mom farmworker who is raising four children on her own.

If you ever wondered about the lives of farmworkers that are responsible for the U.S. supply of vegetables, fruits and nuts, the tour and encounters will be invaluable and informative.

The Center for Farmworkers Families was started by Dr. Ann Lopez to promote awareness about the difficult life circumstances of the farm workers and their families as well as supporting educational advancement, financial and nutritional well-being. One of the goals of the center is to bridge the gap between the farmworker community and those of us who consume the products of their hard labor.

Between 1/3 and ½, (roughly 500, 000 – 800, 000), of ALL farmworkers in America reside in California. 83% of the farmworkers in Santa Cruz County are undocumented, of which 1/3 are women. Many of the Did you know that children over the age of 12 can legally work in agriculture with their parent's permission or with their parents on the same farm?

Please sign up for the tour on the this Meetup site first and then click on the link below to purchase you tickets. The Watsonville location of the tour meeting place will be sent to you once you pay for the tour.

Tickets for the Farmworker Reality Tour start at $20.00 each and can be purchased through their website. There are multiple tours they offer so be sure to check that you are purchasing tickets for the October 14th tour.

Please contact me by email prior to the tour for carpool information.

Contact Information:
Contact: Penny Ellis
Admission: Fixed
Cost: $20
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