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One World Library to feature two migrant farmworker outreach programs

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Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — As we are reminded by recent events, Vermont’s economy depends on the support of migratory agricultural workers. On Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m., Julia Doucet and Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland will present “Supporting Vermont’s Migrant Farmworkers: Huertas Project and El Viaje Mas Caro”a presentationabouttwo programs designed to address the unique needs of this population. The event is hosted by the One World Library Project and will take place at the Lawrence Memorial Library at 40 North Street in Bristol.

Well over half the milk in Vermont is produced with the help of workers from Mexico and other Central American countries. Long work hours as well as separation from their cultural roots and native foods present challenges for this population. El Viaje Mas Caro and the Huertas Project were created to provide emotional and physical support. Both projects fall under the umbrella of Bridges to Health, a three-organization consortium whose goal is increased access to health care services for migratory agricultural workers.

El Viaje Mas Caro is an ethnographic cartooning project. Julia Doucet, a nurse at Middlebury’s Open Door Clinic, will talk about this collaborative storytelling tool designed to mitigate loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms. For more information about this project, go to https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/elviajemascaro-eng/.

Huertas Projectenables Latino/a migrant farmworkers and families to access culturally familiar, healthy and local foods. Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, migrant health coordinator, will talk about issues facing farmworkers and how Huertas distributes seeds and plant starts to farmworkers living on Vermont’s dairies. For more information about this project, go to https://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/huertas.

Local gardeners are encouraged to participate in the Huertas Project. If you have extra plum, cherry or sun gold tomato starts; rosemary or oregano plants, or aloe suckers, please bring them to the library presentation. Extra habanero or jalapeño peppers are also always appreciated.

For more information on the program, contact the Lawrence Memorial Library at 453-2366 or go to www.OneWorldLibraryProject.orgor the One World Library Project Facebook page.

One World Library Project is a local community non-profit that “Brings the World to our Community” through regular programs as well as a collection of adult and children’s books and films about world cultures, all of which can be found at the Lawrence Memorial Library. The library’s online catalog has a full listing of OWLP items available for checkoutat www.lawrencelibrary.net. 

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