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Culinate Newsletter May 20 09

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 A couple of weekends ago, I joined a trip sponsored by the local Slow Food chapter to meet immigrant farm workers and tour their home, Nuevo Amanecer, then visit some labor camps nearby. The tour was followed by a potluck lunch with residents. 

 While I'd been moved by Rick Nahmias's slideshow on Culinate, I had not seen firsthand the kinds of conditions he and others have written about. I doubt many of us have. 

 What we saw and heard that Saturday is not easy to convey: filthy and run-down accommodations, stories of poverty and exploitation. I know that this issue is complex, but I can't help think that if more people were just aware of the problems they would be less common. 

 At the end of the tour I was left with a sense of hopefulness, however, largely because of the good work being done by the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation. To everyone who's working to make farmworkers' lives better, you have this eater's deep gratitude and support.

 For more on the Slow Food Portland trip, please take a look at Ricky Haas' current Opinion piece on Culinate or the post about the event on the group's blog.  
 Kim Carlson
 Editorial Director

 P.S. Members: We want you! Check out our new blogging contest. And grillers: Kim O'Donnel's [/columns/tabletalk/tt20090521 "Table Talk chat tomorrow"] will focus on grilling and other Memorial Day cooking challenges. Join in the discussion at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET.

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