Alibi V.19 No.13 • April 1-7, 2010 

Photo Essay

The Harvest is Great

Workers arrive for seed planting. They chant “Sí, se puede! Yes we can!” as they walk.
Workers arrive for seed planting. They chant “Sí, se puede! Yes we can!” as they walk.

Hundreds gathered at Sanchez Farm, 14 acres of open space operated by La Plazita Institute in the South Valley. They were there to work in honor of labor organizer and activist César Chávez. His daughter, Liz Chávez Villarino, flew in from California to attend the service event on Friday, March 26, and the march from the South Valley to the National Hispanic Cultural Center the following day.

They hold handmade United Farm Workers flags.
They hold handmade United Farm Workers flags.

Participants experienced the backbreaking labor of a farm worker, said Chávez Villarino. “We believe it is important to celebrate my father's life not with day off of school or a day off of work, but a day of service.” Read the full Alibi report.

Garden-ready attire
Garden-ready attire
The Census Bureau sent representatives to give away free bags and travel mugs.
The Census Bureau sent representatives to give away free bags and travel mugs.
The kids enjoyed media attention.
The kids enjoyed media attention.
A composting station
A composting station
They clear weeds and plant seeds.
They clear weeds and plant seeds.
Small teams ready the ground for incoming trees.
Small teams ready the ground for incoming trees.
Trash pickup
Trash pickup
Teens paint murals on Sanchez Farm’s sheds.
Teens paint murals on Sanchez Farm’s sheds.