Cesar Chavez Day Community Workday
with the Homeless Garden Project
Saturday, March 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Natural Bridges Farm, Shaffer Road near Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz
¡Sí, Se Puede!
Join us in celebrating Cesar Chavez and the activism that helped propel today's food justice movement.
To kick off Spring and honor Cesar Chavez, we'll be gathering for a day of service on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00AM-2:00PM at Natural Bridges Farm.
We'll be preparing for plantings with a variety of projects, including bed preparation for planting (which includes building, shaping and clearing), building compost piles, and weeding.
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American farm worker and labor and civil rights activist who marched, boycotted and went on hunger strikes to support unionization and workers rights. He used these nonviolent and grassroots tactics to bring farm workers' struggles to the moral foreground of our nation.
Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later known as the United Farm Workers Union) and is a major historical icon for Latino and agricultural communities around the world. The state of California celebrates his birthday at the end of March to honor the many victories his activism brought to these communities.
We will be joined on this work day by Ines Marines, who will give a short speech about the farm worker justice movement and his mentor, Cesar Chavez.
Marines, who spent most of his life as a farm worker, was very involved with United Farm Workers of America (UFW) during the 70s and 80s. Under the direction of Cesar Chavez and Roberto DeLaCruz, he helped organize farm workers for the many strikes and peace marches that were held at that time to protest poor working conditions, treatment and low wages. Today, Marines remains involved with Mesa Verde Gardens and the UFW in Salinas, organizing campaigns and attending conventions and marches to fight for better treatment and wages for farm workers.
I hope you'll join us and spend the day with our great community of staff, volunteers, and the men and women in our job training program.
Come prepared to work outside and get dirty! Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Closed toed shoes are required. Light refreshments will be provided, but please bring lunch.