Rural & Migrant Ministry, in partnership with rural workers, is especially rooted in a model of popular education in the traditions of Myles Horton, Paulo Freire and the Highlander Research and Education Center. Our Education Centers are gathering places that bring people together to learn from and inspire one another as they develop their leadership skills.
In partnership with farmworkers in Western New York, RMM has developed the Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center in Lyons, NY. Liturgia means: 'Honoring the public work of the People'. Liturgia has an emerging worker Steering Committee that is partnering with RMM to develop programs for rural workers, especially farmworkers, as they seek to improve working and living conditions. Programs have included: ESL-Literacy, workshops on knowing your rights, public speaking and developing campaigns.
Liturgia is also a center for allies across the State who desire to learn more about the New York agricultural system and how to be stronger allies. Liturgia hosts numerous Delegations, an annual Alternative Spring Break for college students, college Internships and training programs.
The Spark Rural Worker Education Center is home to the Youth Economic Group (YEG) and the Fusion rural food workers steering committee. Spark is located in Liberty NY (in the Catskills) and was named by YEG members because they wanted it to be a “spark for change”. YEG has its operations at Spark, as does Fusion. Fusion is in the process of collaborating with RMM to create leadership development programs. In addition to the above groups, Spark also hosts delegations, training programs for allies and Fellowships. Spark also hosts state-wide gatherings of agricultural workers.