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Florencia Ramirez

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Celebrating the Contributions of Farm Workers this Hispanic Heritage Month-Interview with my father

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Episode Summary September marks the beginning of Hispanic, LatinX Heritage Month. Each year Americans observe this time from September 15th to October 15th, to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry comes from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  In this podcast episode, I celebrate the contributions of farm workers as 83% of farm workers in the United States are Latino. In California, where I was born and raised, the percentage is much higher. 92%.  I am so proud to have the endorsement of Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez printed on the cover of my book, Eat Less Water. She dedicated decades of her life to fighting for basic protections for farm workers.  But there's still much more work to do. The food we choose has the power to contribute, to clean and abundant water systems around the world. So much of the way food is grown and cultivated around this nation and the world causes harm, not only to the river as nearly half the rivers in the U.S are too polluted with nitrates to support aquatic life. But to the people who work to cultivate and harvest the food that makes its way into our refrigerators and pantries.  You and I may be able to wash off the residue of chemicals sprayed on our food but it can't be washed away when it is ingested by the farm worker that must work on the land. My appreciation for the contribution and continued plight of farm workers is due in part to my father. He worked as a farm worker as a child. He took me to marches and actions to stand in solidarity with the United Farm Workers. I didn't eat grapes for most of my childhood because of the grape boycott.  I invited my father onto this episode to share some of his stories with us as he inspires so much of the work I do. In this episode, my pa shares his involvement in the upcoming performance of El Bracero A Mariachi Musical. Below find a link to purchase tickets. If you share the link to this episode with friends and family on social media tag me and enter to win two tickets for the September 17 performance in Oxnard, California, where my father will be on stage in all his resplendence.  Tickets to El Bracero: A Mariachi Opera Center for Farm Worker Families Links and resources: Click here for the free How to Eat Less Water CONDIMENT STORAGE TABLE. It is a printable list of popular condiments that belong in the pantry and those in the refrigerator that can be hung in your kitchen for easy reference. Download FREE the TEN TIPS to EAT LESS WATER SUMMER PARTY PLANNING GUIDE for all the tips, steps, and info on how to celebrate like a kitchen activist with your friends and family. Find gifts designed to serve well-being at the Eat Less Water Shop. Get a copy of the EAT LESS WATER book Make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on future episodes released every Monday and (water) Wednesday.

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