Prior to Executive Order 9066, Japanese Americans lived, worked, and owned their own farmland across the west coast. During internment, many Japanese Americans, who were U.S. citizens, had property confiscated or sold off without their permission. After the war, many returned to find that their land was gone, others, found that their land had been held and maintained by compassionate and sensible White and Hispanic farmers, who stewarded that land for them. This workshop will explore the rich history of a minority group of farmers, that history books tend to ignore.
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
D | 10:30 am
Berkeley Food Institute
Third and now fourth generation farmers, David and his daughter Nikiko Masumoto grow organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80 acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. David is the author of nine books including: Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms,Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Country Voices, and Silent Strength. He, his wife Marcy, and Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach in 2013. Masumoto received the “Award of Distinction” from UC Davis in 2003, the California Central Valley “Excellence in Business” Award in 2007, and EcoFarm's own Steward of Sustainable Agriculture "Sustie" Award in 2008! Nikiko is a passionate farmer and artist. Here is a link to her powerful speech at Tedx Manhattan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAIYFfvR9k.