Market Offers Wealth of Tradition-and Veggies-for Immigrant Farmers and Shoppers

Students: Sarah Meade

Faculty Adviser: Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern


This summer, Sarah Meade assisted her faculty adviser, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, in conducting research on the transition many immigrant farmworkers make from farm labor to farm ownership. They met with coalitions and programs for immigrant farmers, including staff at the USDA and DC-based nonprofit organizations and interviewed immigrant farmers from Jalisco, Mexico that currently live in the Northern Neck of Virginia. This project looks at questions including: Under what conditions are immigrant farmworkers becoming farmers? How does the current political environment of new immigration laws, public discourse, and social polices affect the viability of immigrants to successfully farm in the United States? What does this transition mean for questions of land tenure, labor, and social justice? And, what do these shifts in the racial and ethnic makeup of US farmers mean for national and transnational agrarian politics? Taken together, these questions help us to understand the potential of immigrants to shape the US agro-food system.

Here is a link to part of their research, which was published in YES! Magazine.  

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