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Fair’s Fair ... Perspectives on the New York “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act”

In a series of Op-Eds and articles, FSNYC is providing multiple perspectives and history on farmworker labor issues, including on the proposed NYS Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill (2013). The collection of Op-Eds and articles can be found here.

 

Editorial

Op-Ed: Why Immigration Matters to Eaters

In a series of Op-Eds and articles, FSNYC is providing multiple perspectives and history on farmworker labor issues, including on the proposed NYS Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill (2013). The collection of Op-Eds can be found here.

 

by Julie Suarez, jsuarez@nyfb.org

Director of Public Policy, New York Farm Bureau

 

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not constitute the opinions of Food Systems Network NYC

 

A very good farmer friend of mine likes to refer to his consumers in New York City as “eaters.”  The best people on earth, he says, are eaters who care.  And that’s the case for the majority of consumers in New York City who have ever shopped at a farmers’ market, demanded that their grocer carry NY grown fruit or vegetables in season, and thought for just maybe more than one moment about the farmer and farm employee labor it takes to get milk in a jug and to your table. 

 

Perspectives on Farmworker Labor

In a series of Op-Eds and articles, FSNYC is providing multiple perspectives and history on farmworker labor issues, including on the proposed NYS Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill (2013). The collection of Op-Eds and articles is below.

 

Video: NYC School Food Waste Compost Program

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, check out the good work that the NYC Department of Sanitation and Department of Education are doing in their NYC School Food Waste Compost Program!

 

Op-Ed: Supporting Both Farmworkers and Local Farmers

In a series of Op-Eds and articles, FSNYC is providing multiple perspectives and history on farmworker labor issues, including on the proposed NYS Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill (2013). The collection of Op-Eds can be found here.

 

April 16, 2013

by Elizabeth Henderson

This essay is my personal view.  It does not represent the position of any organization.

 

First a few words of introduction.  I have been growing organic vegetables and herbs for sale to the fresh market for over 30 years.  My farm is certified organic. Our main market is through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which we have been doing for 25 years, making our CSA one of the country’s oldest. Our CSA is a cooperative with our members who provide much   of the labor for harvesting their shares.  Most of the work at Peacework Farm has been done by me and my partners who have varied in number from one to three.  We also usually train two interns, people who want to learn the craft of organic farming and how to run a highly participatory CSA. Making money has never been our highest priority: we see ourselves as part of a worldwide movement to create local food systems controlled by the people who do the work together with   their neighbors and customers. I have been a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) since the late ‘70s and I am co-chair of the NOFA Policy Committee which is surveying our farmer members so that we can shape proposals for the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill that truly represent them. Additionally, I represent NOFA on the Management Committee of the Agricultural Justice Project.

 

and, the winners (and winning recipes) from Duck-Off 2013 are....

We got ducked at Duck-Off 2013 on March 10th!

Thanks to all our participating chefs, judges, sponsors, and attendees for supporting FSNYC at yesterday's Duck-Off 2013. A special thank you to Matt Igoe, of Hudson Valley Duck Farm for providing delectible duck to all our participating chefs, to Jimmy's No. 43 for hosting the event, and to Wüsthof for providing fabulous prizes for our winners.

 

Duck-Off 2013 judge Kathy Blake, of TheExperimentalGourmand.com, reviews the event and duck dishes in full here.

AND...

Duck-Off judge Nancy Matsumoto, of the blog Walking and Talking, posts her thoughts on the event here.

 

And the winners of Duck-Off 2013 are...

Did you miss Duck-Off 2013? Or, are you interested in recreating your duck bliss? Check out recipes from our chefs below. Or contact the chefs (contact info included in recipes...)

Introducing the Healthy Food and Community Change Initiative

by Rick Luftglass & Pamela Koch

 

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has committed $15 million to the Healthy Food and Community Change initiative over the next five years. To celebrate and announce this initiative, Teachers College and the Illumination Fund hosted a conference, Bringing Policy to the Table: New Strategies for a Healthier Society at Teachers College on February 14.  Elected officials, academics, philanthropists, and other leaders engaged in lively discussions about food system issues, including obesity, diet-related diseases, jobs, urban agriculture, and community development.  To watch videos and learn more about the conference, go to http://www.tc.edu/news.htm?articleID=8865.

 

A Place at the Table, a new documentary about hunger in America

by Kerry Trueman

 

A Place at the Table is a moving, infuriating documentary about hunger in America from Participant Media, the same film company that brought us Food, Inc.The Cove, and An Inconvenient Truth. The directors, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, use the stories of a few ordinary folks, both urban and rural, to expose the appalling numbers of Americans who routinely struggle to get decent, nourishing food. They also enlist the help of advocates and academics, including Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, Marion Nestle and Janet Poppendieck, to explain the origins of this shocking but ultimately solvable problem.

 

Op-Ed: Join the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign - United to Protect New York's Farmworkers

In a series of Op-Eds and articles, FSNYC is providing multiple perspectives and history on farmworker labor issues, including on the proposed NYS Farmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Bill (2013). The collection of Op-Eds can be found here.

*The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not constitute the opinions of Food Systems Network NYC*

 

by Abbey Augus & Kendal Nystedt

 

In New York, farming is a $4 billion industry, making the state one of our nation’s agricultural leaders. In the last five years, dairy production alone has risen nearly 60 percent due to a surge in the popularity of Greek yogurt. New York’s farmers are benefiting from this surge, as well as from growing consumer demand for locally grown produce and substantial government support.  Lost amidst this boon, however, are New York’s farmworkers who lack even the most basic labor protections. The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign seeks to end this injustice by passing the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act – legislation that would finally grant New York’s farmworkers the labor protections that are given to other workers.

 

Takeaways from Food Almanac 2013: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food and Farm Policy and Politics

by Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein

photo credit: Laurie Rhodes

 

Mary Cleaver, founder and owner of The Cleaver Company, welcomed Food Systems Network members and guests to the 3rd annual Food Almanac event.  This years event was held at the beautifully rustic, Brooklyn Winery and was chock full of food activists, farm experts, Teen Battle Chef graduates, and foodies.  An esteemed panel explored issues facing New York City and New York State in the coming year.  Themes of the night ranged from farm labor and immigration, funding for agricultural research centers, climate change, land distribution, and the role of government.

 

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