Sharing Our Struggles and Experiences at NESAWG Conference
As the end of the season approached, Conference season started. This year, we were able to participate in the NESAWG- Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference in Jersey City NJ. On Nov. 8th, we were honored to co-facilitate 2 workshops. One with a partner allied organization in NY- Farm School NYC, where we were able to share our experiences and lessons of Grassroots Agroecology Encounters that have emerged in the USA since 2015. In this workshop particularly, we talked about the rural and urban areas and how we have been working together on an alternative to our current Food System that is broken.
The other workshop was with another NJHCN Grantee; Vietlead. During this workshop, we were able to work together to share how Immigration Policy has been affecting Food Workers particularly Farmworkers throughout history. We were able to share how we have been utilizing our community gardens as an organizing tool for our community members to be autonomous.
This is very powerful and a few years ago, we were able to have some exchanges with Vietlead Farm members and CATA Garden members which we hope to continue and expand in our Region to be able to work together and create a just and equitable Food System for all.
As we wrap up this grant period, we hope to be able to replicate these exchanges with partners we have identified in Hammonton as we still continue to support them in creating gardens. We hope to build a bridge with other community members we serve in Southern NJ so that we are able to expand our networks and create a greater force and a bigger voice!
About the Grantee
CATA- The Farmworkers Support Committee has been serving the migrant and farmworker community for the past 39 years. CATA’s mission is to empower and educate farmworkers through leadership development and capacity building so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding the best course of action for their interests.
Cohort: South 2
Funder: New Jersey Health Initiatives