"Onions are my speciality. If I could choose any other vegetable to grow, it wouldn't matter. It's all the same in the end. I'm still working the land. To be a farmer means you'll be making love to the earth-hacer el amor. I grow and sell my own onions. One time I accidentally sold more than I should have and had to buy some from a friend so I could take some home to my family too. Ironic, don't you think?"
Héctor Rene Munoz, local campesino at the san vincente farmer's market. #focan #ucsc#humanosdelcampo #vidaenelcampo#cebolla #campesino #taguatagua #chile
Hola a todos!
We will be embarking on a new project, inspired by "Humans of New York."
Stay tuned and we hope you enjoy the little stories campesinos and local habitats alike have shared with us. 🌽
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We will be engaging in topics such as food sovereignty, sustainable food practices, food culture, and personal health. Please email email@example.com for further inquiry!
This past Saturday, FoCAN had their annual Local Intercambio. This year we held a forum in which we invited student and community organizations in and around the Santa Cruz area to share and discuss how they tackle the intersecting injustices of food security, housing, violence, and culture. We asked our guest what food justice means, how food insecurity, violence, and housing insecurity intersect, and finally how culture and community are affected by these issues and how they might also address these issues.
For information, click on link below to learn more about what the event consisted of!
We hosted a workshop centralized on boycotting Driscoll's, informing our guest of what the movement entails, addressing the significance of boycotting, and advocating for their participation in the struggle against labor exploitation and human right violations.
Our presentation was followed by a poster-making session. The banners were distributed across the UCSC campus.
At our Wednesday weekly meetings, we shared a meal with representatives from campus organization. and discussed the on-going movement of boycotting Driscolls. In case, you're not aware Driscoll's is one of the largest berry distributors and their growers have been violating the human rights of their employees. These farmer workers- both in the US and Meixco have reported being paid less than minimum wage, skipping breaks unwillingly, exposed to harmful chemicals, and denied of medical insurance. This is only a short list of what these employees are addressing.
Hello Everyone! We kicked off the school year with La Bienvienda hosted by El Centro. We ate pupusas, tabled and met many lovely faces interested in learning about how our organization advocates social, economical and environmental justice to our daily lives.
This winter quarter foCAN held the 5th annual intercambio and the 2 unit course Cultivating a Daily evolution. Students had the opportunity to not only hear about faculty research based in Latin America but also had the opportunity to engage with rural communities from CAN's agroeco coffee partnerships. Students from CDR came together with the Intercambio delegated and prepared a meal together.
Additionally students had an opportunity to learn more about the coffee through a coffee commodity chain panel held on the second to last week of the course. CAN staff gave presentations on their partnerships with both the communities in Mexico and Nicaragua along with presenting about their established relationship with Santa Cruz Coffee Roasters. Our special guest on the panel was Katrina Benedicto a UCSC alumni that works in coffee distribution. She provided great insight on how coffee markets have shifted their approach to move forward with going beyond fair trade.
Once again we would like to thank all our partners and collaborations this quarter. We would like to thank CSC for the funding that was made available for these events.