Farmworker Convention 2024

March 17, 2024

8am to 5pm

Pescadero High School

360 Butano Cut-Off, Pescadero, CA 94060

Registration for Farmworkers – Registro de Campesinos

We are a group of farmworkers, in partnership with Puente de la Costa Sur and Coastside Hope, organizing a Farmworkers Convention on Sunday, March 17, 2024, from 8am to 5pm at Pescadero High School. At this event there will be several workshops of interest to farmworkers, with topics such as Pesticides, CPR, Labor Rights, Immigration Law, Workplace Safety and more. 

We will have speakers and panels of farmworkers who will share their stories, challenges, dreams and their priorities for themselves and their families.  

The event will be carried in Spanish. The opening session, panels and closing sessions will have interpretation to English available. Interpretation to other languages will be possible if we receive the registration with the specific request with enough time to work it out.  

The event is free and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, a light dinner and music to conclude. Childcare and transportation will be available upon request.

We will be inviting elected officials and other partners to the opening and closing sessions and the panels.

We expect 200 farmworkers to participate on a day of inspiration and action for farmworkers rights and advocacy. 

If you are a farmworker in Pescadero, Half Moon Bay, Davenport, Santa Cruz or Watsonville, this event is for you! This is a free event. The event is indoors.

For more information or questions, please contact Arlae Alston, Program Director at or 650-262-4351 or JoAnn Sandoval, Community Organizer at or 650-262-4113.

Planning Committee:

Ana Luis Ruiz Vilchis, Gabriel Gutierrez, Marco Jaimes, Rogelio Nabor, Ari Sandi Garcia, Tanya Ramirez

Advisors to the Planning Committee: Arlae Alston, JoAnn Sandoval, Hyun-mi Kim, Judith Guerrero and Rita Mancera

Our gratitude goes to Pescadero High School for hosting this event.


Event Program

8:00 – 9:00 AM  Arrival, Check-in, and Light Breakfast 
9:00 – 9:15 AM  Welcome by Judith Guerrero, Executive Director Coastside Hope and Rita Mancera, Executive Director Puente

Special presentation by Poet Yosimar Reyes, 2024 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

9:15 – 9:45 AM Opening – Keynote Speaker Jose Hernandez, Astronaut 
9:45 – 10:40 AM  First Panel of Farmworkers, facilitated by Pablo Quintanilla

Rogelio Nabor, Pescadero

Uriel Hernandez Najera, Half Moon Bay

Cornelio Vallavarez Mendoza, Half Moon Bay

Epimenio Bernardino, Pescadero

10:40 –11:00 AM  Break / Find Your Workshop 
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Workshops Series 1

Hands on CPR – provided by the American Red Cross and AMR San Mateo

Mental Health – provided by Puente’s Mental Health and Wellness team

Immigration Law – provided by Veronica Douat, Immigration Attorney

Employment Rights – provided by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Courageous Conversations (for supervisors) – provided by Alejandro Vilchez

12:30 – 1:30 PM  Lunch provided by Taqueria de Amigos

Special Performance by Senderos (Banda Oaxaqueña and Ballet Folklorico)

1:30 – 1:40 PM Break/Find Your Workshop 
1:40 – 3:10 PM  Workshop Series 2

Courageous Conversations – provided by Alejandro Vilchez

Tenants’ Rights – by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Pesticides – provided by San Mateo County Department of Agriculture

Work Safety – privided by Agricultural Labor Relations Board

Hands on CPR – provided by the American Red Cross and AMR

3:10 3:20 PM  Break 
3:20 – 4:10 PM  Women Farmworkers Panel facilitated by Julissa Acosta


Maria Lidia Ortiz, Half Moon Bay

Yesenia Garcia, Half Moon Bay

Yolanda Calderon, Pescadero

Maria Rios Diaz, Davenport

4:10 4:50 PM  Closure Keynote Speaker, Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca Founder & CEO of Dreamers Roadmap 
4:50 5:00 PM  Appreciation and Closing
5:00 – 6:00 PM  Food provided by Collectivo Felix and Music  

Join as Partner Organization

Registration Form for Organizations – Formulario de Registro para Organizaciones

Thank you for your interest in the Farmworkers Convention 2024! This event will need a lot of support from partners and volunteers. There are four options for organizations to get involved:

  1. Participate in the Resource Fair at the event sharing resources and information for farmworkers
  2. Endorse the event to increase the visibility of farmworkers issues and solutions
  3. Sponsor the event to cover food, speakers, childcare, transportation, and other related expenses
  4. Attend the opening, farmworkers panels, closing session and celebration

Please let us know how you and your organization would like to participate.


Thank you so much to the organizations that are endorsing this event:

Brush Hog Tree Care Inc

La Honda Fire Brigade

La Raza Centro Legal San Francisco

National Lawyers Guild-SF Bay Area (NLG-SFBA)

San Mateo County Democratic Party Farmworker Affairs Committee

Sheriff’s Office CARON Program

Sonrisa Dental, Inc

United Way Bay Area


Thank you so much to the organizations tabling at this event providing information and resources

Brush Hog Tree Care Inc

College of San Mateo

Consulado de México en San Francisco

DKS Associates on behalf of San Mateo County

El Concilio of San Mateo County

Half Moon Bay Library

La Ley Laboral (Agricultural Labor Relations Board)

La Raza Centro Legal San Francisco

Migrant Education Program

Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Safe Ag Safe Schools

San Mateo County Department of Agriculture

San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management

San Mateo County District 3 – Supervisor Mueller

San Mateo County Healthcare for the Homeless/Farmworker Health Program

San Mateo County Mobile Clinic

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District

San Mateo County Parks Interpretive Division

San Mateo County Office of Education, Safe Routes to School

Sheriff’s Office CARON Program

SM Co Democratic Party Farmworker Affairs Committee

Southcoast CERT / LISTOS

United Way Bay Area


Call for Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering your time for the Farmworkers Convention in Pescadero, CA. In order to volunteer please fill out this form and confirm that you are available on the following dates:

  • Attend ONE of the trainings on February 29 on zoom. Trainings available at 2 pm or 5 pm.
  • Attend mandatory in person training on March 2 at Pescadero High School from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • Be available March 17, 2024, from 6 am to 6 pm or at least six hours.

Volunteer Registration – Registro de voluntarios

Thank You to the Farmworker Convention Sponsors

Justice Level

Sobrato Philanthropies

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Wells Fargo

County of San Mateo Healthcare for the Homeless/Farmworker Health Program


Equity Level

Community Planning Collaborative


Movement Level

Mid-Peninsula Housing Corp

The City of Half Moon Bay

College of San Mateo


Strength Level

Brush Hog Tree Care Inc

National Lawyers Guild-San Francisco Bay Area chapter


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor the event to cover food, speakers, childcare, transportation, and other related expenses. Refer to sponsorship packet with the corresponding levels and benefits. Deadline to submit your sponsorship and be listed on our printed materials is March 1st, 2024.


Farmworker Convention 2024 – General Packet

Farmworker Convention – Sponsorship Form

Farmworker Convention – Levels & Benefits


For questions and inquiries regarding sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Alejandra Ortega, Fund Development Director, at or 650-262-4100.


Please select ‘Sponsorship Farmworker Convention 2024’ to make a direct contribution to this event.

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