Ashley Solis; photo courtesy Emily Cohen
Meet Ashley Solis, one of CAN’s youth leaders. Born in Watsonville, California, to Mexican migrant parents, Ashley juggles schoolwork with jobs in the agricultural fields and packing houses. Ashley knows first-hand what it means to live in the world’s largest producing area
Women coffee farmers in the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, planted a seed for justice when they collectively decided to create a feminist coffee brand, FEMCAFE. Since 2016, they have used funds from AgroEco’s Women’s Unpaid Labor Fund to make strategic investments in their cooperative and economically empower the women members.
Small farmers and farmworkers are at the frontlines of building just food systems—planting seeds of justice with their communities. Seeds build power and justice when farming communities maintain control of their seeds and land, when models of
CAN is featured as one of seven case studies of agroecological transition around the world.
Rome (Italy). The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) released a new report, “Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological
Growing Justice (GJ), a diverse group of 12-19 year olds from Watsonville, California, meets weekly to learn about the food system and identify what they like about their community, and what they would like to see change. The team’s origins are rooted in the community gardens of Mesa Verde Gardens, and their lived experiences as children
Two years ago, CAN and its network partner El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), a research and teaching university in southern Mexico, launched CASSA (Comunidad de Aprendizaje para la Seguridad y Soberanía Alimentaria). With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the project formed a learning community among 23 local civil society
The documentary film, “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” explores food cultures, agroecological farming practices, and innovative solutions to improve diets and reduce seasonal hunger among smallholder coffee farming families in northern Nicaragua. It captures breathtaking tropical landscapes and the daily rhythms of rural life connected to Nicaragua’s rich history of struggle and solidarity. The film highlights
What was a need to increase family incomes has grown to become a thriving, woman-owned business that has made new opportunities for others in the community.
Ercilia Lopez Martinez proudly hands a steaming cup of cappuccino to a customer. Recently trained as a barista, she’s also skilled at making mochas, caramel coffee, and milkshakes. Ercilia
Help Us Turn $30,000 into $60,000!!
This year, generous contributions of $25,000 from the Crary Family Foundation and $5,000 from the Stocker Family Fund have increased our challenge grant to $30,000. Every dollar that you contribute will be matched up to $30,000. Please join us in supporting rural women and youth working toward a more just