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

The food we eat is harvested by the hardworking hands of essential farm workers. Through harshweather conditions and during precarious global circumstances, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic, they continue their laborious work. Historically, farmworkers have always been at theforefront of, not only harvesting the foods we eat, but also spearheading social justice movements for labor rights.

In March 2021, we held a week-long series of workshops for educators, families, and K-12 students. Through cooking demonstrations, historical lectures and more, participants learned how the food on our table connects to history, social justice, and to our own family history.

You will find videos of the workshops and further resources below!

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?