City Committees

House Farm Workers! has established committees that cover the unincorporated county, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Moorpark. These volunteer-driven committees are the heart of the organization and have played a critical role in advocating on behalf of the farm worker community since 2004. The city groups mobilize public support, engage public officials, and collaborate with other grassroots organizations to ensure affordable housing for farm workers.

What We Do

  • Testify in support of farm worker developments and favorable policies.
  • Present our documentary, “From Harvest to Home,” to community members.
  • Inform the community and honor farm workers through “From Field to Fork” events.
  • Inspire action through our countywide summits.
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Farm Worker Immersion Project

House Farm Workers! and the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Center for Community Engagement have partnered with Reiter Affiliated Companies and Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. to provide an immersion opportunity for CSUCI students focused on the farm worker experience, agriculture, and farm worker housing. The goal of this program is to deepen students’ understanding of farm worker issues by experiencing, if only for a day, the working and living conditions of some farm worker families in Ventura County. During the immersion, students have the opportunity to pick and pack produce in the fields, as well as tour a farm worker housing development and speak with farm worker families about what access to safe, decent, and affordable housing has meant for them.


Young Advocates Committee

In 2015, House Farm Workers! launched an initiative to engage young adults in farm worker housing advocacy through social gatherings, storytelling, and community outreach. Since then, we have connected with local high schools, community colleges and universities, shown our film to hundreds of students, and have trained youth to be effective advocates for farm worker housing.

In May 2017, we partnered with One Step a la Vez (OSALV), a youth center in Fillmore, to take part in a special Farm worker Immersion. We even filmed our experience! During the immersion, high school students had the opportunity to pick and pack produce in the fields, tour a farm worker housing development, and speak with farm worker families about what access to safe, decent, and affordable housing has meant for them. Similar to our annual farm worker immersion, we partnered with Reiter Affiliated Companies and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. The footage and production of the film was done by the OSALV youth and House Farm Workers! staff. The film was funded through grants from The Social Justice Fund of Ventura County and Driscoll’s Philanthropy.


Ellen Brokaw HFW Scholarship

The Ellen Brokaw House Farm Workers! Scholarship is awarded each year to college-bound or current college students whose parents are farm workers in Ventura County. This scholarship reflects our commitment to making sure our farm worker families can thrive.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ellen Brokaw, founding chairwoman of House Farm Workers! A prominent member of Ventura County’s agricultural community, involved in production of lemons, avocados and nursery stock, she has been an inspirational leader in the long campaign to improve the lives of farm workers and their families. The winners will receive the scholarship at our annual fund-raiser, “From Field to Fork.”

Direct any questions to info@housefarmworkers.org.

We must receive your application on or before May 5.

Click here to submit your application

Past scholarship winners

2015

Ayari Palencia
Hueneme
High School 2015
Currently attending CSU Channel Islands

2016

Viviana Avelar
Santa Paula
High School 2016
Currently attending UC Santa Barbara

2016

Daniel Garcia
Channel Islands
High School 2016
Currently attending UC Riverside

2016

Juan Magaña
Santa Paula
High School 2016
Currently attending UC Irvine