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Farmworkers on the Front Line with CATA - Webinar on April 27th.

The Sankofa Series is a monthly webinar series sharing the wisdom from past NESAWG conferences to help change the food system.

About this Event (Scroll down for Spanish | Desplácese hacia abajo para español)A NESAWG Sankofa Series Webinar

Join Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) on April 27th for the next #SankofaSeries Webinar with CATA! This webinar will focus on the historical exclusion of farmworkers and how the pandemic has exacerbated it.

Jessica Culley, Edgar Aquino Huerta, Meghan Hurley, and Kendra Prat will be presenters at this seminar. The webinar will be on April 27th, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

Registration is now open! Sign up here:


Jessica Culley Jessica Culley has been working with CATA since the year 2000, starting as an intern and now working as CATA's General Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating CATA's work throughout southern New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Delmarva Peninsula. Jessica is originally from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania but has lived in the Philadelphia area for 20 years. In her former life, she studied Environmental Science in Northwestern, PA, lived and worked in rural Honduras, and studied massage therapy. Her favorite farm produce is a slice of watermelon on a hot day in July.

Edgar Aquino-Huerta Edgar Aquino Huerta was born in Puebla, Mexico, in a small town called San Nicolas Tolentino. At the age of two, his mother carried him over the border in search of better opportunities. He is the son of immigrant farmworkers, and he always knew he wanted to create change when he grew up because of the corruption, mistreatment, and humiliation his mother went through. At the age of 13, his mother got too ill and returned to Mexico for treatment because she could not afford to be treated in America. Edgar began working in the fields and packing houses over his summers to send money to his mother and for himself to survive as well. He became a farmworker and finally understood the poor conditions his mother faced. Luckily in 2012, he was introduced to DACA and had the choice of working in a “normal” job during the summers or stay in the fields/packing houses. He chose the fields/packing houses because he saw its beauty and started a family with the people who raised him while his mother was away. After High School, he attended community college and Rowan University to pursue a degree in film. He has become one of the many voices for his community through his story, and CATA has allowed him to hear and share farmworkers' unheard voices by doing outreach. His favorite thing about working with CATA is helping farmworkers find their voice and encouraging them to use it because they have their own power. Edgar enjoys listening to their stories. They are heartbreaking, inspiring, and powerful. He knows he is an avenue to their stories.

Meghan Hurley Meghan Hurley began working for CATA - The Farmworker Support Committee in 2012, first as Communications Coordinator and currently as the Policy and Advocacy Organizer. She manages CATA’s community radio station and coordinates their advocacy work on local, state, and national issues impacting the immigrant community. Before starting at CATA, Meghan spent two years living in Peru as a volunteer with the Good Shepherd Volunteer program working with youth and indigenous communities around Cusco. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Communication and a Master's Degree in Global Development and Social Justice.

Kendra Prat Kendra started as a Farmworker Organizer with CATA in August 2020. She has a background in community organizing and performance arts and graduated from New York University with a degree in Performance and Civic Engagement. She is currently a Philadelphia resident and is always looking for ways to use the arts (music, theatre, movement) to support building strong, liberated communities and connections across social movements. One of her favorite things about working with CATA is the focus on popular education. The notion that as a Farmworker Organizer, she doesn't show up to "help farmworkers." She shows up to support workers' reflections, build conversations, share skills and information, and support their action plans! Sankofa Series Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of Ghana. It means “go back and fetch it” and reminds us of the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bring it into the present in order to ensure a strong future. The Sankofa Series is a monthly webinar series that focuses on the wisdom shared in past NESAWG conferences, sharing this information again and using it to help us move forward to continue creating meaningful change in the food system.

NESAWG has had 26 years of presenting our It Takes A Region annual conferences. In the past we have had dynamic keynote speakers, panelists, and presenters who are working towards a fair food system. In alignment with one of NESAWG’s core values ``A farm and food system for all”, presenters at the NESAWG Conferences have been multi racial, economically diverse and have spanned across food system movements and represented various food system work. Presenters have been youth leaders, elders and all those in between. The Sankofa Series will feature some of your favorites from the past. We will revisit some of the pertinent information shared as we continue to seek solutions to issues within the food system and create a positive change. This webinar series will happen from September to August.

All webinars will be recorded and available on their website for those who didn't get a chance to tune in live. Registration Registration fees for the Sankofa Series webinars are by donation. Donations will be used to cover the cost of putting on this webinar, including honorariums to presenters, translation, interpretation, and technology upgrades. Any profit remaining after costs are covered will be split equally among each presenter (or their organization) and NESAWG. NESAWG will put our share of profits towards our 2021 Conference Scholarship Fund.

The ticket prices are our suggested donation levels. Please choose one that feels do-able for you, your budget, and your commitment to economic and social justice.

Free Ticket - suggested for attendees who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), low-income, students, youth (defined as 24 and younger,) have been significantly financially impacted by COVID, living with disability, and/or family farmers. $15 - suggested for attendees who can only afford to pay this rate or who work for an organization with a budget of less than $300K who is paying their way $30 - the estimated cost of attendance based on registration projections. Suggested for attendees who can afford to pay this rate or who work for an organization with a budget between $300K-$700K who is paying their way $50 - suggested for high-income individuals, those who work for an organization with a budget of more than $700K, and funders

NESAWG is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible pursuant to §170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please visit for additional information.

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