(HARTFORD) Widening the Welcome: Waking Up from the American Dream (December 15, 2018)

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Widening the Welcome: Waking Up from the American Dream

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Program Summary:

By community request, Hidden Acres Farm, Inc is proud to host its second Widening the Welcome event. This convening will be focus on the sociopolitical and economic barriers facing migrant/seasonal workers, DACA recipients, new Americans and refugees in accessing resources such as land and capital to further their agribusiness pursuits. We will also focus in how the overall health and wellness has been compromised by work-related conditions on and off the farm.

Invited Speakers:

Emily Kawano, Wellspring Cooperative Corporation (Confirmed*)

TBD, Coaltion of Immokalee Workers (Confirmed*)

Letecia Zavala, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (Pending*)

Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community (Pending*)

Reyna Lopez, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noreste (Pending*)

Jeannie Economos, Farmworker Association of Florida (Pending*)

Workshop Agenda:


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Panel Presentation

Closing Thoughts

Invited Vendors/Exhibitors (in no particular order)

The Mohegan Tribal Nation

The Manshatucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

The Golden Hill Paugussett Tribal Nation

The Native American Intertribal Council of Western Massachusetts

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Connecticut Department of Public Health

University of Connecticut Extension Services

Farmers Market at Billings Forge

Hartford Area Bionutrient Food Association

Hartford Food Systems, Inc.

Food Corps Connecticut

End Hunger Connectitcut

Make the Road Connecticut

Greater Hartford NAACP

West Indian Social Club of Hartford

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR CT)

Muslim Coalition of Connecticut

Connecticut Farm Bureau

Farm Service Agency

Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy

Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut (CT NOFA)

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Northeast SARE)

Food Solutions New England

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Connecticut Land Conservation Council

Connecticut Horticulture Society

The Nature Conservancy

Hartford Audubon Society

Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association

Connecticut Community Gardening Association

Connecticut Herb Association

American Civil Liberties Union Connecticut

Nuestras Raices

Moral Monday Connecticut

Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network

Massachusetts for Equality and Racial Justice

True Colors

Indo-Caribbean Alliance

New American Sustainable Agriculture Project

Organization for Refugees and Immigrant Success

Wellspring Cooperative Corporation

United States Solidarity Economy Network

Anti- Defimation League

Soul Fire Farm

Sierra Club

Blk Project

Rise and Root Farm

Connecticut Food Bank


Hands on Hartford

Connecticut Nonorofit Alliance

United Way of Cental and Northeastern Connecticut

Connecticut Food Association