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Cornell Farmworker Program News & Events

Mobile consulate visits

The Cornell Farmworker Program partners with the Mexican and Guatemalan consulates to bring mobile consulate services to Upstate NY communities, usually in the summer. Participants from the hosting consulates' nations can access forms and support for updating passports, consular IDs and birth certificates. For general information about Mexican consulate services, please visit

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Spanish-speaking Winter Fruit Schools announced

Spanish-speaking Winter Fruit Schools announced

Feb 4, 2016
Cornell Farmworker Program at 2016 CCE Lake Ontario Fruit School

A partnership between the Cornell Farmworker Program and CCE-LOF (Lake Ontario Fruit) addresses labor training needs of the Western NY Fruit Industry by introducing Spanish-speaking commercial arm workers to basic and applied pomological and pest management concepts and modern apple pruning and irrigation practices in the Spanish language.

As part of the program, Cornell Farmworker Program Director, Mary Jo Dudley, will also offer an interactive workshop about how farmworkers and farm managers can deal with workplace challenges, called "Sugerencias para crear buenas relaciones en el trabajo" or  "Tips for Creating Positive Workplace Relations". 

The 2016 CCE-LOF Spanish-speaking Winter Fruit Schools will be on February 23 at Zingler Farms, Inc., Kendall (Orleans County), NY, and on February 24 at KC Bailey Orchards, Inc., Williamson (Wayne County), NY. Read more
CFP internships

Info Session for Farmworker Program Internships

Jan 31, 2016
On Monday, February 8, Mary Jo Dudley of the Cornell Farmworker Program will hold an informational session for students interested in the CFP Internship Program. Join us!

Information Session Details:
Monday, February 8, 2016
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Latino Studies Program Conference Room
434 Rockefeller Hall

Please contact Mary Jo Dudley ( or visit the CFP Internships page for more information. Read more
Mary Jo Dudley of CFP

Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworkers Program receives award from Park Foundation

Jan 21, 2016
The Cornell Farmworkers Program received an award from the Park Foundation for Addressing Farmworkers' Needs in Tompkins County. These funds will support collaborations with farmworkers in addressing their social, geographic, and linguistic isolation through on-farm workshops and gatherings. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program, at Read more
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CaRDI helps shape new Community Food Systems minor

Dec 1, 2015
Faculty from Development Sociology, the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences were recently awarded an Engaged Cornell curriculum grant to develop a new Community Food Systems Minor. CaRDI program staff Jennifer Jensen helped develop the proposal, while Senior Extension Associates Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman and Mary Jo Dudley are part of the faculty team helping to develop this new initiative scheduled to launch in 2016. Heidi is acting as the coordinator for the project (

The Minor in Community Food Systems is a university-wide program enabling undergraduate students to learn about and engage with issues, problems, and questions related to food security, food sovereignty and food justice, and the social organization of sustainable local food systems. Understanding and collaboratively developing information about how communities manage these systems is key to this minor. Requirements for the minor include a community-based practicum. Read more

Webinar on Cultural Competency

Dec 1, 2015
Mary Jo Dudley, director of the the Cornell Farmworker Program, will present a webinar on "Cultural Competency: Understanding the Farmworker Culture and Making Your Outreach Efforts Successful" for the AgrAbility Webinar series.

"Cultural Competency: Understanding the Farmworker Culture and Making Your Outreach Efforts Successful"
AgrAbility Webinar series
December 1 2 p.m. EST
Details will be posted here when the date approaches: Read more