Silvana Marr-Madariaga placed hand-written narratives from farmworkers among grocery store produce to push back against the systematic ways that workers and their rights are made invisible.
“…he wondered everyday if the rest of his life would be like this, separated and away from his family.”
Octavio is 22 and from Oaxaca, Mexico in a town called la Rinconada. Octavio explained that la Rinconada is a small town that doesn’t have a church, un jardín para niños (kindergarten), or a middle school; it only has an elementary school. The closest middle school to him was in another town, which meant he had to walk an hour to and from school everyday.
One of the questions we would ask our students during their final evaluative exam was, “What do you like about the United States?” And it was heartbreaking….because at least half of them would say “nothing.”
“Can I talk about access to healthcare without talking about wage theft or food deserts? Can I talk about food justice without talking about immigration, or capitalism or the history of the South?”
When I think about my summer teaching music to farmworkers, joy is the best word I can think of to describe it. And that was the last thing I was expecting.
In the new episode of Gravy, though, we take a deep dive into the world of Indian-owned motels, and the food world they’ve maintained behind the scenes.
Next year, the Southern Foodways Alliance will explore inclusion and exclusion at the Southern table in 2014. This theme is two-fold. It marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Southern restaurants. It also challenges us to take an honest look at ourselves today—for the sake of tomorrow. Who is included? Who is excluded? For the Southern table, what are the implications of obesity? Class, nationality, and sexuality? These are critical issues to ponder. Sustainable South hopes to draw your attention to agricultural groups tackling inclusion and exclusion from the field.
Here at the SFA, excitement stirs when we learn of communities setting a table where all may gather. The Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is one of those communities. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the TTCF is a vocational agricultural program that works to build economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially sustainable local agricultural opportunities … Continued