This weekend was a busy one for the Lake Apopka Quilts! Both the Red and Blue quilts made an appearance at Rollins College and again at the Florida Local Food Summit in Central Florida.
The Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins in Winter Park invited us to display the Quilts before a performance of Working on Friday night. Farmworker Association staff and volunteers met with theater fans before the show. The director, Jennifer Cavenaugh, discovered the song “Un Mejor Día Vendrá”, which was based on an interview with a farmworker and hadn’t been performed since the show’s original run. Because of the importance of farmworkers in Central Florida, she brought it back for the Rollins production!
At the first annual Florida Local Food Summit in Orlando, stakeholders from all around Florida gathered to promote local, organic, sustainable, and socially just practices for farmworkers, consumers, and everyone in between. Farmworker Association staff Miguel and Jeannie joined Leah Cohen of the Agricultural Justice Project and Jordan Brown of The Family Garden in Bell, FL in an agricultural justice workshop Friday afternoon. The workshop began with a Mystica, a La Via Campesina ritual of gratitude for the soil, water, the sun, seeds, and farmworkers that are necessary for us all to live.
On Saturday, FWAF staff and Marty Mesh of Florida Organic Growers led a conversation on agricultural justice following a screening of the short film Hungry for Justice. The Quilts were on display during the panel, the screening, and a delicious meal of local organic food. Both events were wonderful opportunities to raise awareness in the community.