Wednesday, October 22, 2014

World Food Week

In celebration of World Food Week, October 12th to 19th, the Quilts were busy again in raising awareness about the Lake Apopka farmworkers who fed America for decades! World Food Week is a time to celebrate food and those who make it possible for us to eat. The Red and Blue Quilts were on display in the lobby of the Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park from October 14th to 17th. This was a great opportunity to be seen by the Rollins community.

On Wednesday the 15th, students from the University of Central Florida went on the first Toxic Tour of the semester. Linda Lee and Farmworker Association staff led the tour of the places around Lake Apopka where farmworkers have labored to feed America despite exploitive conditions, pesticide exposure, and environmental injustice. That evening, Linda, a former farmworker who played a central role in creating the quilts, and Dale Slongwhite, who compiled the oral histories of the farmworkers in her book Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food, joined Farmworker Association staff in a video showing of “Out of the Muck” and a panel discussion of the Quilts at Rollins College. It was a day rich in learning for everyone involved.

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