Labor laws allow children as young as twelve years old to work in agriculture with their parent's consent. However, children of all ages can be found working in the fields.
National Farmworker Awareness Week
National Farmworker Awareness Week | March 24 – 31, 2016
National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities. In 2016 we celebrate the 17th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week to raise awareness about farmworker conditions and to honor their important contributions to us every day!
What is FAW? Learn why we celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week.
2016 Messages Highlight on a different farmworker issue for each day of Farmworker Awareness Week
Ideas for Action + Social Media Get a few ideas of what to do on your campus or in your community!
Materials and Resources Downloads to help you plan your events!
Events Get your events on our national calendar and find events in your area!
Partners Learn more about NFAW partners and their national campaigns!
2016 FAW Report See what folks did at the last NFAW!
Donate to support NFAW events and materials
Through Student Action with Farmworkers' programs, college students spend their summers working full time at organizations that serve the farmworker community. In addition to this full time work, students work in collaboration with farmworkers on a documentary or theater project. For this year’s National Farmworker Awareness Week poster we are using a documentary photograph from SAF alumni John Moses. We are very thankful to Bonnie Campbell, Art Director at the Center for Documentary Studies, for the beautiful poster design.
The image brings to light the reality many people are not aware of: that 85% of the fruits and vegetables we eat are hand picked. Farmworkers are out in the fields from sunrise to sunset working the land to feed the world. Through NFAW we hope to raise awareness about farmworker issues, honor their everyday contributions, and gain more allies to help us advocate for better living and working conditions in the fields.
Advocacy & Organizing Director