Sam Hernandez, Cosecha Intern, 2022 During the beginning of my participation with the Cosecha Fellowship, I didn't know what truths I was going to have to face about myself in this field of work. From the very first retreat, I realized we were all going to face the hard topics and truths that surround this... [Read more]
Field Notes is a blog where Student Action with Farmworkers students share stories of their outreach, organizing, and advocacy work, and where farmworkers share their own stories and hopes for change, writing in the language they feel most comfortable.
To access our archive of past blog posts, visit our Field Notes Tumblr site here.
Maggie Helms, Cosecha Intern, 2022 Everyone has to eat. No matter who you are or what you’re good at, there’s one thing that unites us all - food. Through the various SAF programs I’ve participated in over the years, I’ve learned so much about the hands that pick that food. Not just about the hands... [Read more]
Sofia Garcia, Levante Intern 2022 My name is Sofia Garcia, I’m from a small town named Newton Grove. I come from a proud Mexican family. I’m taking part in this program because I think everyone should educate themselves more about on-going social topics, something that interests me. I’m excited to meet new and different people... [Read more]
Teresa Vazquez, SOL Intern 2022 Hello! My name is Teresa Vazquez, and I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying English and Political Science. I am beyond grateful to be able to spend my final year as an undergraduate student working with SAF as a Solidaridad intern. The question... [Read more]
Lauren Moore, SOL Intern 2022 Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Moore and I am originally from Glendale, Arizona. I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity with certificates in Gender, Sexuality, Theology and Ministry and in Faith-Based Organizing and Advocacy. While I’ve always been deeply interested in social justice, I wanted to... [Read more]
Stefanie Vidal, 2022 SAF internNC Farmworkers' Project Sweaty scrubs, mosquito bites, and long late-night rides. This is what a typical day in the Benson office looks like. My day usually consists of doing interpretation and outreach and I realize my hard work is worth it after seeing many receive the care they deserve. Many farmworkers... [Read more]
Diana Hernandez, 2022 SAF internSC Legal Services At first I was scared to be placed so far away from the rest of my peers in South Carolina. At our orientation, I felt so comfortable because everyone was so welcoming and the thought of leaving or just being far away from everyone scared me. A month... [Read more]
Jennifer Salazar Sanchez, 2022 Program AssistantStudent Action with Farmworkers As a program assistant for this year's Into the Fields cohort, I learned so much about how critical it is for organizations to work among themselves to make change. Farmworkers include men, women, and children who often face issues that range from health, legal, educational, and... [Read more]
Nathaly Trinidad Flores, 2022 SAF internSC Migrant Education Program Being confident in your work and intentions is a mindset I quickly had to adopt once starting to work with the South Carolina Migrant Education Program. This confidence helps make the message and services we are trying to provide more valuable and enriching to farmworkers. In... [Read more]
Celeste Ortega-Felix, 2022 SAF internEl Vínculo Hispano Over the past year, I have been struggling with hopelessness and the anxiety and fear that comes with not knowing what is going to happen to one’s family, community, and the larger world in the near future. Things seem to be heading towards increased destruction, violence, and struggle... [Read more]
Janet Rivera, 2022 SAF internEnlace Latino Most days this summer were filled with me doing work virtually, whether looking for farmworkers’ resources or preparing for my next outreach visit. Still, on the occasions that I did theatre or outreach, it was always a memorable experience. In some ways, I felt connected to the farmworkers as... [Read more]
Christian Sanchez, 2022 SAF internNC Farmworkers' Project This plant resembles a lot of things in my opinion. To me, it resembles "GROWTH". Growth in a way that things can change for the better. This is what I want for my job, my peers, and for the people who work and suffer in farm work. I... [Read more]