On August 11 at 4 PM, NEFA’s Agroecology Program is hosting a conversation about farmworker justice with Dr. Becca Berkey, Research Associate, Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. The details:
Thinking About Farmworker Justice for Agroecology*
A Conversation with Dr. Becca Berkey, Research Associate, Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative
hosted by NEFA Agroecology Program (NAP)
facilitated by Claudia J. Ford, NAP Principal Investigator
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Esopus Agricultural Center
200 Esopus Avenue
Ulster, NY 12401
*Agroecology links ecosystems, native plants and pollinators, and social systems to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.
The following organizations and individuals are invited to provide introductions to their work with farm labor and farmworker justice issues:
- Copake Agricultural Center
- Chester Farm Equity Project
- Seed Song Farm Center
- Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
- Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
- Northeast Farm Access
Dr. Becca Berkey is the Director of the Service-Learning Program at Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service and a Research Associate of the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. Her scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers.
For her dissertation research, conducted in the Northeast and Hudson Valley, Becca collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for “Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers.” Becca is an active member of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and is currently working on a book titled Environmental Justice and Farm Labor with Routledge.
Dr. Berkey was published in a 2012 anthology on Environmental Leadership compiled by scholars at Duke University, a chapter entitled, “Environmental Justice from the Ground-Up.” She also does research, publishes, and presents in the field of service-learning and community engagement and is co-editing an upcoming book on faculty development in the field through Stylus Publishing.