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Project December 7, 2020

Migrant Farmers' Crops Connected to Their Lifeline

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Ashonti Ford traveled to South Florida to meet migrant farmers from Jamaica, each renting land on the same short tropical dead-end road in Davie, Florida. Behind the coconut palm and bamboo, she found illustrious gardens full of Caribbean fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Ford spoke with each farmer about their struggles through the pandemic. Most expressed having more produce than they could sell. Three weeks later, Hurricane Eta destroyed each of their gardens, leaving them with nothing but an opportunity for a fresh start.

She went back to Davie, Florida, and interviewed the farmers again. This time they showed Ford how their crops are connected to their lifeline. Each over 75 years old and working over 2 acres of land alone—their land is all they have.

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