UC SAREP Racial Equity in Extension Webinar Series #1: Farm Workers are Farmers

UC SAREP is excited to announce the first in a series of webinars on racial equity! This webinar will take place on Friday, June 18, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, and will approach farm workers as the farmers that they truly are.

The traditional way of defining extension clientele has largely focused on serving agricultural land owners and operators. This approach has made it difficult for extension personnel to serve diverse audiences, as 94% of the owner-operators in California are white. Shifting attention to serve farm workers (99% of whom are Hispanic or Latino) as well as owner-operators would both increase the diversity of extension clientele and take a more all-encompassing approach to who benefits from extension research and programming. This approach will also help achieve strategic goals related to improving the equity and reach of extension in California (such as UC ANR’s condition change to improve living and working conditions for California’s food system and farm workers).

This session will provide an introduction to the importance and value of farm workers and addressing farm labor issues in California, how extension professionals can better work to build relationships with farm worker organizations and serve the farm worker community, and why supporting farm workers is critical to the sustainability of California agriculture.

Panelists include Bonnie Bade (Professor, California State University San Marcos), Patricia Carrillo (Executive Director, Agricultural and Land-Based Training Association), and Christy Getz (Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley).

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