I'm standing at the front of the farm with intern Hannah and almost twenty university students that have come as part of their environmental studies course.  They haven't reached their unit on farm workers and food justice, but they will in a few weeks, and they're here to get some hands-on experience with farming.  It will be almost laughably more pleasant than the everyday experience of most farm workers in this country.  It's sunny but cool, it's already mid morning when they arrive, they'll be weeding garlic for just a couple hours, and I'm not putting any expectations on them about productivity.  Unlike these students, many farm workers are in the fields from sunrise to sunset, are paid abysmally, lack access to good medical care and housing, and have no power to negotiate better working conditions.  Doing some manual labor and learning about our programs may help them better understand the plight of the agricultural labor force in this country, but for the most part, I just hope they walk away with one more modicum of understanding of how food appears on their plates.

For those of you who are still unfamiliar with the scope of the farm's programs, the following is the same basic overview that I usually share with groups-- probably less meandering and redundant than I can usually manage on the fly!

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