Get the app for your phone: StoryCorps
The 30th Anniversary MAFO National Farmworker Conference will honor the legacy, challenges and successes of all our efforts to address farmworker issues and to revitalize and strengthen rural America. One way we are doing this is by creating an oral history of the farmworker movement in this country.
We are collecting oral stories from across the country to preserve the legacy and honor the memories. You can record your story, or the story of a colleague, family member or friend, NOW by downloading the StoryCorps app to your phone. This is a free app. Create a free account and record your story or interview someone about their story. Detailed , easy to follow information is available on the website at www.storycorps.org. Be sure to tag your recordings with the following tag #MAFOfarmworker. This will make it easily locatable so we can share stories. You may also tag with the following tags (but make sure to use #MAFOfarmworker at the minimum). #farmworker # workinginthefields #historias #farmworkerlegacy
If you need ideas for your story or an interview of someone else, here are some questions that may get you thinking:
- Tell me how you became a farmworker?
- At what age did you begin working?
- What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- What lessons did working the fields teach you?
- What memories, good or bad, do you have of being a farmworker?
- What type of work did you do?
- Did any of your family members work with you?
- What areas of the country did you work in?
- Do you have any funny, memorable, poignant stories that stick with you now?
- Where is your mom’s family from? Where is your dad’s family from?
- Have you ever been there?
- What traditions have you passed down?
- Do you remember any of the stories your family used to tell you?
- How long did you work in the fields?
- How did you leave the work in the fields?
These are suggestions to get you thinking about the stories we need to preserve.
We will also be collecting oral stories, via the StoryCorps app, at the 30th MAFO National Farmworker Conference in San Antonion. Be sure to visit the StoryCorps room to record your story.