For years and decades and generations, farmworkers have gone unnoticed. Their struggles, tribulations even triumphs fell on deaf ears, if there were any that were listening at all. Add on that the complexity, remoteness, and politics associated with the former Lake Apopka farmlands, and their story remains unknown to the general public.
The Apopka Community has frequently been forgotten, ignored, and misunderstood. But through the perseverance and commitment of a few strong and courageous individuals, the story of the Lake Apopka farmworkers is growing.
On May 17, 2012, the former farmworkers Linda Lee and Geraldean Matthew were able to tell their story and the history and realities of Apopka to community members and the Board of Directors of the Florida Humanities Council at the Orange County Regional History Center.
The Florida Humanities Council has demonstrated their support and dedication to Florida farmworkers by funding the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project. Through there generous contributions and enthusiasm, we have been able to bring the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilts to a larger audience and place it under the spotlight. By allowing former Lake Apopka farmworkers to tell their stories, the Florida Humanities Council is doing their part in creating a just food system, and equality for all farmworkers!