If the COVID-19 crisis has taught us anything, for many it’s been a fresh appreciation of those who work our farms. But what if those who work them could become those who own them?
Where do racial justice and food justice meet? Perhaps at the point where Latinx farm workers are able to buy their own land. In the United States, 83 percent of field workers are Latinx, but Latinx people own only 3 percent of the farms.
This week on The Laura Flanders Show, Latinx farmers discuss what they bring to the US food system in terms of fresh produce, healthy techniques and a cooperative management style born out of years working as laborers in less than sustainable conditions.
Laura also speaks with Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern about her book The New American Farmer and looks at the challenges a new generation of farmers face, how incubator programs help, and why this transition could be good for everybody.
- Francisco Farias, Owner, Farias Farms
- Juan Farias, Owner, Farias Farms
- Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Author of The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability
- Rigoberto Bucio, Owner, Bucio Organic Farm
Music in the Middle: “Raise the Vibration” by KlevaKeys featuring Diamond Dancer, courtesy of the artist and House Key Records.
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