The First Universalist Church of Rochester
will be hosting a presentation by Tom Rivers
, author of Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields, about working conditions migrant farm laborers face in Western New York.
Mr. Rivers works as a newspaper reporter for The Daily News in Batavia, where he covers agriculture and other community issues.
wrote a first-person series about farm work in 2008 that won state and national awards and earned him an honorary "golden pitch fork" from the New York State Agricultural Society
The farm labor series has been adapted to a book, Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields, that was recently named a "Good Book" by the University at Buffalo
UB compiled a list of 48 books of "unrequired reading" that have inspired inquiry, pleasure, and a renewed engagement with civic life.
also is a contributor to the American Agriculturist magazine
This event will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12PM at the First Universalist Church
, located at 150 South Clinton Avenue.
The presentation is intended to inform the public about the working conditions farm laborers regularly confront when producing our local food.
Although the localvore movement has gained in popularity and is helping to support our local agricultural economy, as well as help raise awareness of the environmental issues involved with transporting food long distances, the local labor market is not generally responsive to agricultural jobs, leaving many of these positions to be filled by migrant workers.
presentation will explore this issue and the effects it has on local communities and migrant families.
lost 40 pounds working at farms, and ran a marathon after the experience.
discovered running 26.2 miles is easier than spending a day picking cucumbers or cutting cabbage.
said "I've been 'rewired' to work harder and be a better family man after spending time with the farm workers.