Farmworkers’ Rights and Preserving Small Farms: A Conversation About the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

Our farmer, Martin Rodriguez will be participating in this panel discussion, sponsored in part by our supporting organization, The New York City Coalition Against Hunger.  This is going to be a fantastic event, so make sure to register soon!

The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act is a New York State bill that was intended to provide fair labor protections to farmworkers who were excluded from the federal fair labor laws enacted in 1939.  The legislation’s opponents have argued that, in its current form, the bill is not fair to smaller farms, which predominate in New York State. This forum will explore how the rights of farmworkers can be ensured without endangering the livelihoods of small farmers.
 
When: May 20th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Draesel Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10128
Suggested donation:  $5-$20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  This is to cover the cost of panelists who traveled to speak at this event
Panelists include:
Ms. Jody Bolluyt, farmer, Roxbury Farm, policy committee member for NOFA-NY
Dr. Margaret Gray, Assistant Professor, Adelphi University, currently completing a book manuscript about Hudson Valley agriculture, food politics, and farmworkers.
Ms. Lea Kone, Assistant Director of NOFA NY
Ms. Librada Paz, former farmworker for several decades, farmworker advocate
Mr. Martin Rodriguez, farmer/owner, Mimo Mex Farm
Reverend Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry

Register for the event here.

Author: Central Brooklyn CSA

The Central Brooklyn CSA (CBCSA) is dedicated to working with our partners the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Windflower Farm, and the Hebron French Speaking SDA Church to continue the work of building a Community Supported Agriculture model that increases access to fresh, local produce for all members of our communities, regardless of income level. Join us as we continue to bring fresh, organic, affordable and nutritious vegetables and fruit to the Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and surrounding communities.

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