SAF's Year in Review: 2018-2019

This year by the numbers:

  • 5000 farmworkers reached through health  through health, education and legal outreach by SAF interns & fellows

  • 47 partners held actions, events, and rallies for National Farmworker Awareness Week, reaching over 1200 people

  • 33 presentations & workshops given to 1786 students & community members about conditions farmworkers face, policy news, cultural arts, and the history of agriculture

  • 25 years at SAF by SAF Executive Director Melinda Wiggins

Program Activities this year:

  • Solidaridad interns organized events for National Farmworker Awareness Week, assisted with a hurricane relief drive, and helped to plan the NC Farmworker Institute
  • Into the Fields interns & fellows worked in mobile health clinics, led know-your-rights trainings, taught English classes, and performed a play for farmworkers at 3 labor camps
  • The Levante youth group created Voices From the Fields, an informational video series about occupational and mental health in a TV-show format
  • From the Ground Up SAF alumni were trained and supported to present about farmworkers using documentary and popular education tools


Behind the scenes: New Projects

This year we...

  • Formed a policy team to track local and national policies affecting farmworkers and to plan actions, legislative visits, and lobby days for students and community members

  • Signed a 3 year contact with SAF’s Union, the Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO Local 83188

  • Supported a new alumni peer group of alumni working with farmworkers, Latinos, and immigrants in NC

  • Partnered with Duke Endowment through a 5-year grant that supports SAF in building partnerships with faith-based groups & developing the leadership of young people to work with the farmworker community

  • Partnered on Cultivating Justice, an exhibit and mural with artist Cornelio Campos, the Duke Campus Farm, and Duke professor Charlie Thompson & his students


"Home is the most beautiful thing we have, but sometimes we have to leave for a while. But it is worth it to be able to have a better life."

– Martín, NC Farmworker, 2019




"SAF allowed me to find a community where my roots were celebrated and respected. This community was composed of educated, hardworking, and inspiring people. It was beautiful to see others from Latino farmworking families and our allies come together to work towards a common cause‚ the farmworker movement."

– Jessenia Diaz, 2019 Into the Fields intern


Thank you!

Thank you to our many supporters, funders, and partners who have contributed to our work this year. See the full list here. We're grateful for your support on this road to farmworker justice!

+ Read the full annual report here.