The mission of the Farmworker Association of Florida is to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health, and environmental justice issues impacting their lives.
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Connecting the dots - a Testimony by FWAF staff member, Ivan.
Community members discussing the vision for La Farmacia Popular - or People's Pharmacy - to teach about healing the body with good food and medicinal herbs, using traditional knowledge.
Community members successfully advocated with the City of Florida City Commission members to provide land for an agroecological community garden.
FWAF staff teaching youth about growing food and medicinal herbs organically.
The Campesinos' Gardens are community gardens run by and for primarily farmworker families. The gardens are teaching spaces for agroecology, which not only focuses on organic, sustainable production, but also reclaiming and valuing traditional growing knowledge, and connecting social, political, environmental, and health issues to how our food is produced and accessed. The gardens are also located in the farmworker communities of Fellsmere (Indian River County), Apopka (Orange County), and Pierson (Volusia County).
Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project
The Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project encompasses training, monitoring, research, and advocacy related to pesticide exposure, heat stress, and farmworker protections in the fields. After twenty years of advocating for stronger farmworker protections by FWAF, allies, and other farmworker support groups, EPA finally issued new Worker Protection Standards with strengthened protections for farmworkers. FWAF is also currently working with Emory University to research the effects of heat stress on farmworkers.
Defending Immigrants' Rights Project
The Defending Immigrants' Rights Project educates farmworkers and other low-income immigrants on their rights as immigrants in society and in the workplace, and engages farmworkers and immigrants in voting and advocating with their legislators for policies that benefit farmworker communities. Key issues include immigration reform and access to driver's licenses.
Voter Education & Get out the Vote
The Voter Education initiative educates farmworkers and other low-income immigrants on their rights as immigrants in society and in the workplace, and engages farmworkers and immigrants in voter education, registration, and get-out-the-vote work. As a 501(c)(3), FWAF's work in this area is non-partisan. We also work with community efforts to advocate with their legislators and provide testimony supporting policies that benefit farmworker and immigrant communities. Key issues include worker rights and safety, immigration reform, and access to driver's licenses.