C2C Cooperative Development: Technical Assistance to Small Farmers of Lane County Cooperative
It is unsettling that the stories of those who have shifted from being a laborer to a farm or food business owner go largely untold, often leaving an incomplete public perception of immigrant families. C2C Executive Director Rosalinda Guillen is featured briefly in the second video. She was contracted by Huerto de la Familia to provide leadership development training for the “Pequeños Productores de Oregon” cooperative members. The main focus of the trainings was self-governance in a co-op structure. It was a rich and rewarding experience for her and the small producers.
Huerto de la Familia’s three-part film series, “Harvest of Pride”, uses first-hand accounts from participants in the Huerto’s programs to see how gardens, farming and food-based microenterprises can support and stabilize immigrant and Latino families. Combining the personal stories of Latinos in the Eugene, Oregon community and interviews with food justice leaders throughout the United States, these documentary film essays contemplate our nation’s preparedness in facing a challenging but potentially rich future for its food system(s) and growing immigrant population.
View the films on-line at: http://huertodelafamilia.org/the-films/