Book Talk - The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability

Dr. Minkoff-Zern will discuss her new book The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability (2019, MIT Press).
In The New American Farmer, Minkoff-Zern explores the experiences of Latino/a immigrant farmers as they transition from farmworkers to farm owners, offering a new perspective on racial inequity and sustainable farming. She finds that many of these new farmers rely on farming practices from their home countries—including growing multiple crops simultaneously, using integrated pest management, maintaining small-scale production, and employing family labor—most of which are considered alternative farming techniques in the United States.
Drawing on extensive interviews with farmers and organizers, Minkoff-Zern describes the social, economic, and political barriers immigrant farmers must overcome, from navigating USDA bureaucracy to racialized exclusion from opportunities. She discusses, among other topics, the history of discrimination against farm laborers in the United States; the invisibility of Latino/a farmers to government and universities; new farmers' sense of agrarian and racial identity; and the future of the agrarian class system.
Minkoff-Zern argues that immigrant farmers, with their knowledge and experience of alternative farming practices, are—despite a range of challenges—actively and substantially contributing to the movement for an ecological and sustainable food system. Scholars and food activists should take notice.
The event will open with a brief introduction by Food Studies and Environmental Studies faculty member Dr. Kristin Reynolds, followed by the presentation and discussion.
The event is sponsored by the Food Studies program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School.
Free and open to the public - registration required to receive Zoom link.

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Event Date 10/26/2020 4:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free