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FOOD JUSTICE 

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We believe that food is a basic human right and that everyone should have the

right and access to healthy, organic, culturally-appropriate food that comes from fair and sustainable means of production.

The Food Justice Internship Program begins at the beginning of March and lasts through the end of the summer, with a summer break, in order for students to experience the full growing season.  2023 application deadline: January 13, 2023. Application here.

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2023 application deadline: January 13, 2023. Application here.

We appreciate any help you can provide!

Here is the link to donate.

Your donations will help us grow our community garden next season, provide healthy and affordable fresh produce to our community members, and educate a new generation of food justice activists. This year we need to raise $1,500.

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Do you like affordable, organic, and locally grown food?

Spring 2023

Visit us every Thursday at the CATA Community Garden in Bridgeton, NJ, at 80 Church St. from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM for our Community Market Day. Throughout the season, we will have fresh organic produce for sale at affordable prices.

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Would you like to learn how to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Spring 2023

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our community gardens, we invite you to fill out the application here. It has no cost.

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Food Justice Program

In the Food Justice Program, we fight for a more just food system – an alternative that values workers’ rights and is not dependent on the use of fossil fuels, pesticides, and exploitation.


We have Organic Community Gardens in NJ, PA, and MD which provide the space for people to: Grow their own food, practice working cooperatively in a group, reclaim sustainable agricultural knowledge, and build food sovereignty in their communities.

We provide education on Agro-ecology and Herbal Medicines. Members learn how to identify native plants and what their medicinal properties are and share their home herbal remedies with others. 
 
CATA is also a founding member of the Agricultural Justice Project and helped to create the Food Justice Certification, a set of high-bar standards that when met create a just and fair food system for all.

CATA Community Gardens
Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our community gardens, we invite you to fill out the application here. It has no cost.

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New Jersey

Bridgeton's Community Garden

Coordinator: Erika Perez

 

Contact Information: 856-212-0165 

Address: 80 Church St. Bridgeton, NJ 08302 

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Erika Perez

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 Pennsylvania

Kennett Square Community Garden

Coordinator: Manuel Guzman

Contact Information: mguzman@cata-farmworkers.org 

Address: Kennett Square PA: Grant Way and South St Kennett Square PA, 19348

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Manuel Guzman

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Maryland

Salisbury Community Garden

Coordinator: Leila Borrero Krouse

 

Contact Information: 410-572-5959

Address: Fitzwater St and Parson Rd. Its the park.)  Near the Tabernacle Prayer Church, 143 Mitchell Rd, Salisbury, MD 21801

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Leila Borrero Krouse

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Do you like affordable, organic, and locally grown food?

 

Starting on Spring 2023, visit us every Thursday at the CATA Community Garden in Bridgeton, NJ, at 80 Church St. from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM for our Community Market Day. Throughout the season, we will have fresh organic produce for sale at affordable prices. 

 

All proceeds from sales support the garden and CATA's Food Justice work. Check out our Facebook page each week to see what we have harvested and have available.

CATA has Organic Community Gardens in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland that provide the space for people to grow their food, practice cooperative group work, regain sustainable agricultural knowledge and build food sovereignty in their communities.

Weekly Market
Intership Program
CATA’S Youth Food Justice Crew

Congratulations to all interns who graduated from CATA's Youth Food Justice Program in 2022!

Learn more about this program here.

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Join CATA's Youth Food Justice Program in 2023!

Learn to grow food, feed your community, and become a food justice activist! If you are between 14 - 19 years old, you are invited to join @catafarmworkers Youth Food Justice Crew at the Community Garden located at 80 Church Street, Bridgeton, NJ!

Program Dates & Times:
Spring Session: March 21 - June 6 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 -7pm.
Summer Session: July 10 - August 25 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 - 7pm.
There will also be optional workdays: 2 Saturdays/month beginning in April until the end of the program.

Interns will be paid $14/hour and will be expected to work 8-10 hours/week.

The deadline to submit this application is by 5pm on Friday, January 13th.  After receiving your application, we will send you an email with instructions to contact the adult you listed to submit a reference for you!  We will then schedule you for an interview, but we need to have your reference in order to consider your application! The deadline to send references is Friday, January 20th.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Erika at eperez@cata-farmworkers.org or Jose at jspellmanlopez@cata-farmworkers.org

 

Fill out the application online.

FOOD JUSTICE ARTICLES
Panning out with Kathia Ramirez to build a U.S. food movement

Farm work is the most dangerous and lowest-paid occupation in the whole country. “Farmworkers labor long hours to earn more money,” Kathia says, “despite the toll it takes on their bodies, which can later lead to long-term illnesses. Common health risks are work-related musculoskeletal disorders and exposure to pesticides.”

Seeking an American Dream in Farm Country

Low pay, long hours, and unsafe working conditions mean the opportunity and security that migrant farmworkers seek often remains out of reach.

Through Her Eyes: The Struggle for Food Sovereignty

This publication honors and amplifies the voices of women around the world who are fighting for food sovereignty and creating just, sustainable communities that benefit all.

The People’s Agroecology Process: Unlocking Our Power Through Agroecology

This publication summarizes the overarching framework, practices and experiences of the protagonists of the People’s Agroecology Process. 

El Sueño Americano ― The American Dream

Food Justice Coordinator Kathia Ramirez shares her perspective on the journey of immigrant farmworkers pursuing the American dream and shares why food justice is important on every level.

Community Garden Cultivates Organic Produce for Bridgeton’s Farmworkers

The Bridgeton Organic Community Garden, founded in 2012, is a key part of a strategy by one grassroots organization to ensure that the region’s farmworkers have affordable access to fresh produce for themselves and their families.

U.S Food Sovereignty Alliance - Our Story

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agricultural systems (Nyéléni 2007).

En La Lucha No Hay Fronteras (In the Struggle There Are No Borders)

By Kathia Ramirez
Organizer, CATA (Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas/ The Farmworkers’ Support Committee) 

Closing The Hunger Gap: from Charity to Justice

At the Closing the Hunger Gap conference in 2015, more than 500 food access organizations representing 41 different states and Canada came together to call for a strategic shift from charity to justice in our collective approach to ending hunger. This is their story, presented by WhyHunger

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