October: Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Ag Workers, "Fair Food: Field to Table" FOOD DAY Screening + More

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 Weekly Blog Round Up

 "Fair Food: Field to Table" FOOD DAY Film Screening & Discussion

 FOOD DAY 2014

 ALBA Farm Day



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California Institute for Rural Studies  Weekly Blog Round Up

In the last month on our blog, we featured articles by many guest writers. “California Waits on Congress for ction or – More Than Likely – Inaction,”and “California Communities Still Thirsting for Drought Help from Congress” both by Michael Doyle, “Agricultural Update in California and the United States” by Philip Martin,Schools Challenged by Unfunded Mandate to Support Homeless Students” by Robin Urevich,
and by Lily Dayton, “Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers” which is below.
 All articles are featured on our website in the Rural California Report Blog, and are available there as free downloadable files.

Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

By Lily Dayton

In the foothills of the Pajaro Valley, dozens of nursery workers dressed in jeans and work boots file into a warehouse. It’s just past lunchtime on a weekday. Normally the workers would be heading back to the white-tented greenhouses to tend to the broccoli, chard and kale shoots that grow from nursery flats, but today they are attending the final presentation of Speedling Incorporated’s Safety Week, a workshop on sexual harassment and assault.

“Today we are going to talk about a topic that is taboo in many cultures,” Maria Barranco says in Spanish. Barranco is the prevention program manager of Monarch Services, a domestic and sexual violence prevention agency in Santa Cruz County. Continue reading



"Fair Food: Field to Table" our FOOD DAY Film Screening & Discussion on Sunday, October 19, 4-7pm, Vallejo

"The promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture" 

Free and open to the public - please RSVP

With the theme of Food Justice for this year’s FOOD DAY, we will be showing “Fair Food: Field to Table” a multimedia presentation promoting a more socially just food system in the U.S. It was created by us at California Institute for Rural Studies and Rick Nahmias Photography. For years it has been a recommended film for FOOD DAY events! 

Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, viewers learn about the harsh realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. The growing movement for “fair food” is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with their values.  

The presentation consists of three parts: 
Part 1: The Farmworkers 
Part 2: The Farmers 
Part 3: The Advocates 
After the screening, we will have a question & answer session with special guests, who all have deep experience in these areas, and will provide expert insight. 

Eventbrite - "Fair Food: Field to Table" A Food Day Film Screening & Discussion

Come early or stay late to enjoy the hidden gem of the Bay Area, historic Mare Island. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the Southern side of the Island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas and the oldest Naval Cemetery west of the Mississippi, with graves dating back to the 1860's. We'll be watching the movie in their Visitors Center - formerly a 1934 Ammunitions Bunker! The event is free & open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted!

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October Should Really Just Be FOOD MONTH!

With Farm to School Month being October, Interfaith Food Week of Action October 12-19th, World Food Day October 16th, and the official date for the US FOOD DAY October 24th (though it is being observed all that week), October should just really be called FOOD MONTH. Here we are, still in the middle of the Summer harvests and the frantic planting of Winter crops, it's all about food. "Justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—will be a special focus for the fourth annual Food Day, as will increasing Americans’ access to healthful food." Food Day is an event that organizers hope will inspire many Americans to improve their own diets and work toward solving food-related problems at the local, state, and national level. Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and other food leaders in 2011, Food Day quickly grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast last year alone." We hope you'll join us, either in person at our event, hosting or attending an event in your area, or just at a good meal with friends and family in solidarity, to honor our farmers, farmworkers, packers, delivery people, retail food workers, restaurant workers and everyone else in this enormous thing we call the Food Chain.
#FoodDay2014 #RealFoodJustFood








ALBA Family Farm Day, October 18th, Salinas

ALBA - Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, is having their annual farm day and we'll be there! Join us to tour the Salinas farm, learn about their farmer educational programs, pick-your-own veggies and fruit, plus lots of fun activivities for the kids and delicious food. 



Don't Forget to Register to Vote!

Californians can now use online voter registration in 10 languages. October 20th is the last day to register in time for this year's General Elction. To learn more, visit: registertovote.ca.gov


Thank you for your continued support!

Gail Wadsworth

 Executive Director, California Institute for Rural Studies

 California Institute for Rural Studies
P.O. Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617


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