October 28th was an exciting day for the Agroecology project in Apopka. We had our very first work day in the Campesinos’ Garden in progress with a group of 23 students during Seminole State College’s Social Justice Week. The students began the day learning about the exploitative conditions and abuse farmworkers often face.
From there they got to learn how farmworkers are finding power in alternative food systems, growing their own food, and honoring ancestral practices. The garden in Apopka is in the very beginning stages, and we were so grateful to have students help rake and clear land so irrigation can be put in. The students also helped to break down pallets to build raised garden beds. The garden space was closed out by sharing about their favorite plants.
Students then had a chance to learn about the history of Lake Apopka muck farms and the legacy of pesticide exposure in the community. Jeannie shared her knowledge of pesticides and, helped students learn about the pollution of a community and the rampant environmental racism on Lake Apopka.
Thank you Seminole State College Students for your hard work, attention, and empathy.