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Dia del Campesino Provides Health Services To Farmworkers in San Luis

With the winter agriculture season under way, farmworkers employed throughout the region gathered at the Dia Del Campesino, or Day of the Farmworker, fair in the early hours of Saturday morning in San Luis.

Farmworkers lined up as early as  midnight, three hours before the start of the annual fair at 3 a.m. on Saturday.

"I am here for the menudo and to get a flu vaccine," said Juan Veleasco, who works in the lettuce fields and was first in line. "I've come here to this event for a few years now. The music is good and the services are great."

The event is sponsored by the Somerton-based agency Campesinos Sin Fronteras (CSF), or Farmworkers Without Borders, which provides free services to farmworkers and low income residents. In November, CSF launched Radio Sin Fronteras 99.9 FM, a bilingual radio station with community news and music.

More than 40 local agencies took part in this year's Dia del Campesino. Executive director Emma Torres said it's all for the workers.

"This is a very special day, (it's) a celebration," Torres said. "Organizations come together to thank the farmworker population for everything they do for our community."

Farmworkers received vaccines, diabetes and other health checks, donated clothing, legal services and a hot meal before they boarded buses just before dawn to go to work in the local fields.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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