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Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates men and women whose lifework enriches Southern food culture. Seven SFA awards and honors recognize these cultural standard bearers.

2012 John Egerton Prize Winner: Greg Asbed

The SFA awarded its 2012 John Egerton Prize to Greg Asbed, who accepted the prize on behalf of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Asbed co-founded and directs the organization with his wife, Laura Germino, and their colleague Lucas Benitez, a former migrant worker. The CIW advocates for better pay and working conditions for the 30,000 migrant laborers who pick the winter tomato crop in Florida. 

After Asbed accepted the prize, he invited Egerton to join him and see Immokalee. In January 2012 Egerton and filmmaker Rex Jones went on the trip and produced the Penny a Pound film shared here. And in 2014, the SFA again invited representatives from CIW to be on the program for our October symposium which explored ideas about who is welcome at the Welcome Table. You may read about each of these experiences in the links below.



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