Cultivating Positive Change
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So long as we all need to eat, we all need farmworkers. They are truly #AlwaysEssential, and, on our farms, respected and empowered. #FarmworkerAwarenessWeek is an ideal time to recognize the important role they play in all our lives. Learn more about it at equitablefood.org/nfaw.
While part of our mission to improve the agriculture industry is to “get children out of the fields and into schools”, we also care that our #FarmTeam has the chance to learn. At our farm in the Vizcaíno Desert, we work with Instituto Estatal de Educación para Adultos BCS to provide our team with the opportunity to advance their education. #CultivatePositiveChange
We feel it is important that everyone on our #FarmTeam know their rights and have access to them. For example, in Mexico we help our team utilize the Infonavit federal housing subsidy, which assists them in gaining or improving a home. Our farm in San Quintín recently did this and was also recognized for its commitment to social responsibility. #CultivatePositiveChange
Providing safe, fair, and open recruitment for our H2A teams, who work in the U.S. seasonally, is one way we #CultivatePositiveChange in agriculture. We do this with help from CIERTO, who also help our teams to be trained and ready for #SociallyResponsible farming when they arrive. Learn more at ciertoglobal.org.
We are grateful as our #FarmTeam at El Sol, El Cultivo y La Tierra brings life to the desert in Baja California Sur. It's our mission to continuously work to #CultivatePositiveChange for farmworkers so they can happily bring you the best berries and tomatoes. Follow this farm and others at goodfarms.com/follow-our-farms.
Our farm in Oxnard, CA, is the newest participant in our El Ropero (The Closet) program. This allows people to say thank you to the #farmworkers who feed their families with quality donations of clothing, blankets, toys, housewares, and more. To donate, please contact Alicia Miramontez at firstname.lastname@example.org. #CultivatePositiveChange
You can purchase Whole Foods Market's #SourcedForGood produce knowing you are championing #farmworkers, communities, and the environment. This is thanks to third-party certification. Our strawberries are the first Equitable Food Initiative certified product in this program.
In this time of giving and new beginnings, a #strawberry harvest has begun on our farm in Oxnard, CA. We want to thank you for sending more than $6.3 million in bonuses, so far, back to this #FarmTeam and others with your purchases of our Equitable Food Initiative certified products. From GoodFarms to your table, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We’re appreciative of Assemblymember Robert Rivas and of Center for Farmworker Families for helping to supply our #FarmTeam in Watsonville with diapers during this pandemic. Knowing they have this crucial item for their families is important while our team continues their #EssentialWork. Learn more about this helpful non-profit at farmworkerfamily.org.
We want to say thank you for all the support our #FarmTeam has received during their continued #EssentialWork. Farmworker Appreciation Caravan & Watsonville’s Fiestas Patrias recently visited with a socially-distanced parade & gave new masks & grocery gift cards for our team. Also, First 5 Monterey County is now making biweekly diaper & baby wipe deliveries to ensure our team has the supplies they need for their kids. Learn about the great things they do for kids & families at first5monterey.org
To say thank you for a job well done, we recently held an end-of-season celebration for our #FarmTeam and their families at Buenaventura Ranch, our farm in Santa Maria, CA. We are always thankful to our team and to you as well for making this all possible by buying our berries and tomatoes. From GoodFarms to your table, have a happy #Thanksgiving!
We recently held our seasonal #ResourceFair at Buenaventura Ranch, our farm in Santa Maria, CA. These fairs give our farm team access to organizations that provide education opportunities, health improvement, financial services, occupational info & more, all in one place at the same time. To provide farmworkers with even more resources via bonuses, purchase our EFI-certified “Responsibly Grown Farmworker Assured” labeled strawberries & tomatoes from Costco & Whole Foods. #CultivatePositiveChange
We want every dollar our #FarmTeam earns to go as far as it can for them. One way we do this at our farm in Watsonville, CA, is by making free healthy food available every month, with help from The Food Bank for Monterey County, to our team of more than 600 there. Typically, this includes dry goods, fruit, vegetables, bread, dairy, and a protein. For more info about this food bank, visit foodbankformontereycounty.org. #CultivatePositiveChange
As we work to #CultivatePositiveChange in agriculture, one of our stated goals is to “get children out of the fields and into schools.” An example is our farm in Baja’s Vizcaino Desert (El Sol, El Cultivo y La Tierra), which operates its own school for our team’s children and recently celebrated the end of the school year and #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour. Follow this farm and more here: www.goodfarms.com/follow-our-farms/.
As part of our mission to “end slavery and forced labor” in agriculture, we work with CIERTO to ensure that our team is recruited transparently and fairly, avoiding the use of dubious labor contractors. CIERTO also prepares our team for seasonal work on #SociallyResponsible farms in the U.S. through the #H2A program. Learn more about them at ciertoglobal.org.
Part of our mission is to “end slavery and forced labor” in agriculture. One way we do this is by working with the nonprofit CIERTO to ensure that our farm team is recruited in a fair, safe, and transparent way. CIERTO also trains #farmworkers, like our team seen here, to work on Equitable Food Initiative certified U.S. farms through the H2A program. Learn more about CIERTO at ciertoglobal.org. #CultivatePositiveChange
A new year brings new opportunities to #CultivatePositiveChange. We are happy to announce that we recently received Communitas awards for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethical and Environmental Responsibility. We look forward to continuing our work with Equitable Food Initiative, CIERTO, and others in 2019 at #ImprovingLives from farm to table. Learn more about Communitas (Latin for community and fellowship) awards at communitasawards.com.
Strawberries just aren’t fair. They’re indulgently sweet and they’re good for you too! When you buy our #strawberries you’re even helping to #CultivatePositiveChange for farmworkers. Find them at Costco, Walmart, Food Lion, Safeway, Kroger, H-E-B, Whole Foods Market, Hannaford Supermarkets, and other retailers.
Our farm teams have now received almost $3.9 million in bonuses thanks to your purchases of our Equitable Food Initiative certified products! Thank you for helping to #CultivatePositiveChange in the lives of farmworkers. Learn more about EFI and how it is #ImprovingLives at equitablefood.org.
We were happy to welcome officials from Mexico’s Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare to El Milagro de Baja, our farm near San Quintin. They visited us there recently to recognize our team for their innovation and leadership in the area of #SocialResponsibility in agriculture. Follow the farm they visited at facebook.com/grupoawmexico/. #CultivatePositiveChange
All our farms are now Equitable Food Initiative certified! Buenaventura Ranch, near Santa Maria, CA, recently became the 10th farm between us and our close partners to achieve this. This means you can be sure each purchase you make of our products is helping to #CultivatePositiveChange for farmworkers, while also supporting better food safety and environmental care. Learn more about EFI and how it is #ImprovingLives at equitablefood.org.
¡Bienvenidos! Members of our Baja farm team recently came to California for seasonal work on our U.S. farms via the H2A program. Thanks to CIERTO for ensuring they were safely and transparently recruited, prepared for work on #SociallyResponsible farms, and smoothly entered into the program. Learn more about CIERTO and how they are helping to #CultivatePositiveChange for farmworkers at ciertoglobal.org.