23 Dec '11, 11am

New Agtivist: Kandace Vallejo is working for food access in the heart of Texas

New Agtivist: Kandace Vallejo is working for food access in the heart of Texas

Kandace Vallejo. Construction workers may not be the most obvious constituency for a preacher of the locavore gospel. Yet in the airy stretches of Austin's Pecan Springs neighborhood, Kandace Vallejo is making inroads from her perch in a bright blue building set on two acres. As membership programs coordinator at the Workers Defense Project (WDP), a workers center founded in 2002 to help construction workers -- many of them undocumented immigrants -- battle against rampant under- and non-payment of wages, Vallejo launched a food-themed education project for the children of WDP's members in early 2010. Drawing on experience with the Student Farmworker Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in south Florida -- and with support from a hyper-competitive Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellowship -- Vallejo is building a compelling case fo...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-12-22-new-agtivist-kandace...

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