History, Social Justice, and the Legacy of How Food Connects Us

From their hands to our table, farmworkers have continued their work through harsh weather conditions and the current Covid-19 Pandemic. In an effort to recognize their contribution to our daily lives and the past and present social justice movements to secure ethical labor practices, we present this series. Made for educators, families, and K-12 students.


The Workshops



Want to learn more?
Follow the journeys the orange and the avocado have taken through history to get to your table with our interactive maps.

Download the full recipe from the workshop here. and for further information on ArtBites check out their website here.




Interested in learning more about food crossing borders?

Visit Professor Garcia’s website here to view a gallery of maps, images and more.

The Powerpoint from Professor Garcia’s lecture can be viewed here.




Interested in learning more about the issues facing farmworkers today?

The David Bacon Photography Archive is held by Stanford University, and can be viewed online here.

To trace the history of the farmworker from the end of the 19th century to today visit our timeline.




Modern-day Protest Art:

It is our pleasure to highlight the artwork made by: Bianca Molina, Christian Triado, Ernesto Yerena, Jorge Garza, and Narsiso Martinez. Click on their names to find out more about them and their art.

Download the activity guide from the workshop here and La Plaza’s PowerPoint Presentation on ARTEfacts and Symbols of Labor Rights here.




Join in with these materials.

Find the cookbook here and the Google slides template here.

Additionally, spend some time thinking about a family recipe that you really enjoy:

  • What are the main ingredients?
  • How is it prepared?