The good food movement has made great progress, generating mainstream interest in organic agriculture, animal rights and artisanal food production. However, it has often silenced the voices of working people. It has denied them access to food sovereignty, while celebrating a romanticized brand of localism that undermines workers’ rights and environmental sustainability. We want to change that.
Most of our members are Central American immigrants. U.S. intervention, neoliberal policies, and climate change has dispossessed them of their land or made survival impossible in their home countries.
We are fighting for a future in which workers, immigrants, and all people of color, revolutionize the way that we feed and sustain ourselves. Through our food justice work, we are fighting to improve labor conditions, and at the same time, plant the seeds of an alternative economy.
Together, we will use this land to grow the food justice movement.
“Ese trabajo me gusta y día a día, pues, uno va viendo la cosecha…las frutas y como van creciendo…No me gusta estar encerrada. Me gusta andar en lo libre.”
— PVWC farmworker & member
We believe that a big part of fighting for the world we want to live must include creating educational platforms where people can share their skills, dreams, and visions for a new world in response to the dispossession that they have suffered.
In partnership with TESA and All Farmers, we offer workshops and classes focused on cooperative economics. Members learn about the history of worker cooperatives and explore different contemporary models that other low-wage workers and immigrants are using to start their own businesses. They also gain important nuts and bolts skills in coop governance, conflict resolution, market research, budgeting and financial literacy.
Our goal is to support our members in developing the resources that they need to move towards becoming their own bosses and take concrete steps in that direction. Many of our members already have experience running businesses and cooperatives in their own countries. Here, they lack the linguistic resources and capital to navigate starting their own enterprises.
Through these workshops, we learn from one another and begin to collectively re-imagine alternative ways of organizing our labor and sharing our resources.