TEDxFruitvale – Sandy Brown and Adelfo Antonio-Life on A Unionized Organic Farm

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The first certified organic farm in the United States to sign a labor contract with the United Farm Workers, Swanton Berry Farm of Davenport, CA, offers its workers health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, a pension, and other benefits including an employee stock ownership program.

About Sandy Brown and Adelfo Antonio, Swanton Berry Farm:
Sandy has worked with Swanton Berry Farm since 2003, focusing on human resources and strategies for promoting social justice in agriculture. She divides her time between farm life and graduate studies in geography at UC Berkeley, where she researches agricultural labor relations in California and Latin America. With 23 years working at Swanton Berry Farm, Adelfo is one of the company’s longest-term employees and is currently the production crew supervisor. Originally from Oaxaca, he lives with his wife and three children in Santa Cruz.

This talk concluded Session Three: Money for TEDxFruitvale, which was held on October 14, 2011 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The conference’s theme was Harvesting Change, and it focused on farmworkers, labor and other social justice movements, and fair labor practices in business.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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