Health & Safety

Rebuilding Local Food Systems in Farmworker Communities

The purpose of the Rebuilding Local Food Systems (RLFS) in Farmworker Communities project is to increase production of, access to, and consumption of healthy, fresh foods among low-income farmworker families through their participation in community gardens, farmers’ markets, agroecology education, and a food/farm entrepreneur training program. The RLFS project improves the health and wellness of farmworkers and other low-income families.

Who are you?

The Farmworker Association of Florida is a community-based organization that began in 1983, now with more than 10,000 members and five locations in Central and South Florida, which is committed to improving farmworkers' living & working conditions.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Campesinos’ Gardens, a key part of the Rebuilding Local Food Systems project, increase local food production; engage community members in physical activity; gradually influence families’ health knowledge and food choices; and provide a place for farmworkers to learn about growing foods without the use of pesticides.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The RLFS project addresses goal #2 of the Health and Safety issue area: Miami-Dade residents make healthy choices. 23.9% of Miami-Dade residents are obese. Through participation in the Campesinos' Gardens, community members will gradually consume more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less junk food, fast food, and processed foods. The RLFS project promotes the positive health impacts of making healthy food choices.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Campesinos' Gardens, and the RLFS project overall, is new to our Homestead/Florida City office. The new garden is a replication of our successful Campesinos' Gardens in Fellsmere (Indian River County), where the gardens have operated for four years. Thus far, we have organized more than 20 member families, erected a fence, installed a well and pump, and built garden beds. By the end of the first year, we expect produce from the garden to reach approximately 75 families.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Farmworker Association of Florida

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