David

Bio

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, my first lessons in Filipino American history were from family who lived and farmed in and around the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State. I learned from my grandfather and other manongs, stories of labor strife, race riots, and political struggle, all in attempts to keep Filipinos from farming. My Grandfather immigrated from the Philippines in the 1930s and worked to fight the laws that were made to keep Filipinos from leasing and buying land. Rediscovering farming through food justice and urban farms, has brought me full circle to pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a third generation Filipino American Farmer; as well as gaining a deeper connection to ancestors, soil, community, and social justice.