2017 Report

The 18th National Farmworker Awareness Week coordinated by Student Action with Farmworkers took place during March 24-31, 2017

3,345 participants (and counting!) attended events across the country, from North Carolina to California -- and so many places in between! More than 30 organizations put together over 50 events, both online and in-person, to raise awareness, bring students and farmworkers together, and rally support for farmworkers in their local communities.
The impact goes beyond numbers.

NFAW also provided an opportunity to form new partnerships:

“So many students approached us after the event to share their reactions to the documentary "Harvest of Dignity"; many had no idea of the conditions in which our food is harvested, and many more were inspired to take part in the movement toward justice for farmworkers. With such interest, we are now hoping to provide medical student volunteers to the mobile clinics of the South Carolina Migrant Health Program!” 
– Eliza Hardy, USC School of Medicine

In the virtual world, Farmworker Justice featured a different blog post for each day of the week, oriented towards each day’s theme.

“Farmworkers do the labor that literally sustains life, feeds our communities, and they are so often an invisible, undervalued, underrepresented, and exploited population. They don't just deserve to be visible; they deserve to be celebrated and appreciated!”

Pesticide Action Network North American (PANNA) distributed a blog post called “Standing with farmworkers."

The week also featured an Instagram challenge, with dozens of organizations sharing pictures to spread the word about farmworker conditions, rights, and actions:

Many groups stood up for farmworkers in person: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) hosted marches across the country in support of better wages for farmworkers, putting pressure on Wendy’s to join the Fair Food program. SAF staff and UNC-Chapel Hill students joined in one march:

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) hosted a long-sleeve shirt drive (their most successful yet!) with 20 participating organizations gathering  12,013 shirts from 75 drop-off locations in 17 states.

Local NC events included photo exhibits, marches, a mural painting, and a student-farmworker volleyball game.

Thank you to all our partners for taking part in National Farmworker Awareness Week 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.