Collective history

Our collective historical timeline highlights the milestones, achievements and events accomplished over the years by many apprentices of color at CASFS, with the aspiration to generate a more culturally diverse, inclusive curriculum and accessible program. We want to recognize all of the heart-work unseen and unrecorded over the years.  We are grateful to all those who have come before us that have courageously paved the way.

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Up Garden

Up Garden

2000

SUMMER

  • Justice for All Cultural Identities (JACI) is formed. Eleven apprentices, nine-People of Color and two-White allies, meet regularly over the year and draft a letter that is hand delivered to the administration, advocating for inclusion of social justice issues and anti-oppression work in the CASFS' mission.
  • JACI members write a proposal to the CASFS staff recommending a 2nd year position which focuses on social justice. One JACI member is hired for the 2001 season.

SUMMER

2003

SUMMER

2002

  • Apprentices of color write a letter to CASFS staff with recommendations on how to make the program more inclusive and welcoming to apprentices of color.
  • A Diversity Committee is formed with three staff members and three second year apprentices to work on revamping the diversity training.

2003

WINTER

  • One leader of the POC apprentices applied to be a second year and is selected for the 2004 season.

  • Akiko Minami is hired as Program Assistant to Diane Nichols with the intention to work on diversity issues with the POC second year.

2012

SPRING

  • SJAC forms the Social Justice Forum (SJF) to have direct communication, input and contact with apprentices of color during the Summer.

WINTER

2011

2006-2011

WINTER

  • SJAC advocates for social justice curriculum in the program.

  • The curriculum expands to include: labor, communication, social justice classes and readings plus field trips to the Bay Area to visit food justice programs.

  • The Diversity Committee’s name is changed to Social Justice Advocacy Committee (SJAC).  

2005

WINTER

SUMMER

2012

  • SJAC organizes and formulates a Diversity Training to present to apprentices of 2012, during welcome week.

  • The SJ Forum is introduced to 2012 cohort, which consist of POC apprentices and White allies, they meet weekly and forms three subcommittees: Curriculum Development, People Of Color, and Outreach  in order to further the prior work requested.

  • The 1st Annual CASFS People of Color Reunion is hosted by SJF subcommittee in the Up Garden.  Since then, annually we hold a CASFS People of Color Reunion.

  • Prior to the completion of the program, Social Justice Forum apprentices formally present an official document with recommendations to CASFS staff and the new Director, Daniel Press.

  • Several SJF apprentices are accepted as second year apprentices, they intentionally continue the work over the winter and into the new cohort.  

  • Over the winter SJF, plans for workshops to address internal issues like repetitive issues amongst apprentices related to with lack of diversity, anti-oppression.     

2013

SPRING

2013

WINTER

  • At the beginning of welcome week, an Anti Oppression Workshop is offered to new apprentices, 2nd years, and CASFS staff.   

  • The work started by the SJF continues amongst apprentices, 2nd years and CASFS Staff, in order to further advance the work from the year prior.

  • CASFS contracts Neil Thapar, a 2012 POC alumni and SJF member, to include Social Justice Case Studies for each of the 11 chapters in the Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening Manual.

  • SJF apprentices and 2nd year apprentices of Color formulate a job description and request a permanent CASFS Staff of Color to address apprentice needs.

  • The CASFS POC Alumni Network, is established during the 2nd Annual POC Reunion, with the desire to purposefully collaborate to address challenges at CASFS.   

SUMMER

2013

FALL

2013

2014

WINTER

  • POC and SJF apprentices are accepted as 2nd years, a steady flow of work is accomplished and continued, based on the recommendation made the year prior.
  • The 3rd Annual CASFS POC Reunion, begins to be a place where we can further formulate ideas amongst past, present and future 2nd year apprentices.  

  • The Food and Labor Timeline is installed in the Veggie Shed, presenting.

2014

SUMMER

  • The Black Lives Matter Garden started in its original location in the PICA Housing Quad, by 2nd year apprentice Leo Orleans.

  • 4th Annual CASFS POC Reunion.

  • A new position is offered to Laura Turner-Essel, as the first Director of Residential & Community Life.

2015

SUMMER

  • In May, the Black Lives Matter Garden is moved into Farm Garden space; by September, an initial altar space, 4 directions beds, and herb garden are established​.

2016

SPRING

  • In October, the mural  "We didn't cross the borders" goes up in the Farm Garden, created by first-year apprentice, Emilia Cordero.

  • The Friends of the Farm & Garden agree to help fund POC Network website creation, community building activities, and annual POC reunion.

2016

FALL

2017

SPRING

  • The Food Justice & Equity Scholarship is established by POC Alumni and Staff, to support individuals from low-income communities.

  • In March, The Friends of the Farm and Garden grant funding to build the POC Alumni Network Website, which is designed and built by CASFS POC Network.

WINTER

  • In June, the Social Justice & Equity Scholarship is generously granted $50,000 on behalf of Bon Appetit.  

  • In July, the CASFS POC Alumni Network Website is established and featured at the CASFS 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration.   

  • Akiko Minami leaves her position, citing the need for a permanent staff member to focus on social justice issues.

2017

SUMMER

  • A private donor gave a donation to support the Black Lives Matter Garden.

  • The CASFS POC Network creates an undergraduate internship opportunity with the network, to provide mentorship and learning opportunities to students on campus.  

  • In April, the first Social Justice Reader is premiered for the new cohort of apprentices.

  • January, Laura Turner Essel begins her position.

  • CASFS, for the first time, establishes a line item in the annual budget for institutional funds for the POC Network and Queer Farmer Field Day.

WINTER

2016

  • During the 5th Annual CASFS POC Reunion, alumni and current apprentices discuss the idea of establishing a CASFS POC website.

  • In June, a Seed Sovereignty Salon series begins in the Farm Garden, to make the connections between social justice and sustainable seed systems.

2016

SUMMER

2017

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