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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fed Up - Book Signing and Talk at Barnes and Noble in Orlando

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PhotoAuthor Dale Slongwhite and former Lake Apopka farmworker Betty Dubose addressed an interested audience on Thursday night, August 28th, at Barnes and Noble Book Store in Orlando, FL.  Ms. Slongwhite read passages from the book and Ms. Dubose talked about her personal experiences as a farmworker harvesting vegetables on Lake Apopka.  The book Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food was on display in the front window of the Barnes and Noble and on the second floor of the store.

Audience members asked many questions about the environmental issues on Lake Apopka and the work and living conditions experienced by the farmworkers.  The Blue Quilt was a backdrop to their talk and presentation.  Betty Dubose demonstrated how to use the orange picking sack and what it was like to harvest oranges when she was a young woman.  Sharing the stories of the African American farmworkers was a powerful experience - connecting our lives to those of the people who worked to feed us.  The legacy of the workers is kept alive through the book and through events like these.

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Betty Dubose at Barnes and Noble Book Signing in Orlando

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