Two local Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, Jessie Olson and Tyler Schade, are giving a day of service for César Chávez day to Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova.
As AmeriCorps members, Olson and Schade work for organizations devoted to watershed education, conservation and restoration. As Conservation Assistant, Olson works for the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts; Schade works for the American River Conservancy as the stewardship and outreach assistant.
They will be joining two other AmeriCorps members at Soil Born from Placer Land Trust in Auburn, Erin Tarr and Becky Hoehn.
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project is a non-profit organization started in 2000 by a few people with a big vision. On 25+ acres, the two farm sites operate to promote sustainable agriculture in an urban setting and education of healthy food systems.
Utilizing outreach programs, the farm engages youth and adults to interact with the environment through farming. The hope is to develop and emphasize the importance of a local food system by gathering the community and sustaining partnerships. Work that goes into the farm results in an abundance of certified organic produce which is sold through weekly produce boxes, produce stands, and local restaurants and businesses.
As a second generation American farmer and migrant worker, César Chávez dedicated his life tirelessly to the support of impoverished and underserved workers of the agricultural industry.
Despite only a formal eighth grade education, Chavez worked for over three decades leading protests, boycotts, and strikes as he worked to attain the rights and protections of American farm workers and their families. Chavez helped pass the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which stands today as the only law that allows farm workers the right to unionize.
In 1962, he left the security of a solid job in order to form the United Farmers of America, which continues to serve Chavez’s vision today. His efforts as a humanitarian and an activist have continued to inspire a diverse mass of people to persevere for social justice throughout the world.
AmeriCorps is defined by a commitment to service in the community and the country that is very much tied to the ideals promoted by César Chávez’s life of work.