Days after Hurricane Florence, immigrant farmworkers, a backbone of NC’s agriculture sector, were hard hit by lack of access to assistance due to deportation fears. I wrote about what they’re facing—now and every day—for @, with beautiful photos by @. Read it now at civileats.com.
From the article: today there’s “a noticeable increase in migrants from Central America, where people are fleeing violence, economic poverty, and increased rates of hunger back home. When they arrive in the United States, migrant farm laborers often face the same pervasive hunger. According to the Legal Aid of North Carolina, nearly five out of 10 farmworker households in the state cannot afford enough food for their families. Compounding the challenge of making sure these families have enough to eat is the fact that as many as one-third of all farmworker communities are “hidden” and inaccessible to the rest of the community, or to service providers.”
Forever grateful to our farmworkers for not only harvesting our food, but for opening their homes to reporters like me. And to folks like Melissa Bailey Castillo and Lariza Garzon who give a damn every day. If you’d like to support the families in this story, consider donating to EpiscopalFarmworkerMinistry.org
Big ups to dear friend @ for trekking out east with me on a long reporting day and making photos with his heart.