Saturday, December 10, 2011

Progressive Farmer’s March Seeks to Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide

“I have a confession to make,” said Jim Gerritsen, an organic seed farmer
from northern Maine, “This is my first time in New York City. I had no good
reason to come until today.”

Jim Gerritsen was one of several farmers, farm laborers, and food activists that
came from across the country to the Farmer’s March this past Sunday—a rally
and march designed to connect the struggles of rural farmers held captive by the
corporate control of big agriculture with the Occupy movement in New York City.
The march began with music and a rally of speakers in La Plaza Cultural, one of
New York City’s many community gardens, with over 500 rural farmers, urban
farmers, food labourers, community activists and former occupiers—some wearing
overalls and straw hats, and others wearing “we are the 99%” buttons.

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