Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
531 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
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“The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability” by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor of Food Studies and Affiliate of the Departments of Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University.

Although the majority of farms in the United States have US-born owners who identify as white, a growing number of new farmers are immigrants, many of them from Mexico, who originally came to the United States looking for work in agriculture. Drawing on her forthcoming book from MIT Press The New American Farmer, Dr. Minkoff-Zern will explore the experiences of Latino/a immigrant farmers as they transition from farmworkers to farm owners, offering a new perspective on racial inequity and sustainable farming. Minkoff-Zern argues that immigrant farmers, with their knowledge and experience of alternative farming practices, are—despite a range of challenges—actively and substantially contributing to the movement for an ecological and sustainable food system.

Cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability Integration

Sponsored by:
Environmental Studies

Contact Organizer

Hunt, Lily
lnhunt@middlebury.edu
443-5552