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Email: seantay@live.unc.edu

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Before joining the UNC anthropology department, I completed my undergraduate in Winemaking and Viticulture at Cal Poly on the Central Coast of California(2013) and my masters in the Anthropology of Food at the University of London SOAS(2022).  After my undergraduate degree I spent 6 years working as a winemaker and farmhand at farms and wineries in California, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, France, and Costa Rica. Prior to the pandemic, Sean I spent 3 years running my own workshop business teaching Bean-to-Bar chocolate making, food fermentation and winemaking at companies, schools, and libraries across the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a member of The Farmworker Project team, a community of farmworkers rights advocates who utilise our experiences in Agriculture and rural communities to contextualise and advocate for a more progressive agriculture system. My research interests include agrarian transitions, corporate takeovers of agriculture, peasant movements, food sovereignty, and rural livelihoods. My present masters dissertation is focused around the impacts of an Amazon Fulfilment Center on the Farmworker and Farming Community in Oxnard, California.

 

Presentations and Media Spotlights

Ivy League Vegan Fest Presentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axeCIbXQKTs&t=5836s

Marin Independent Journal Citizen Spotlight

https://www.marinij.com/2021/07/03/san-rafael-native-seeks-to-help-farmworkers-and-bring-awareness-of-agricultural-issues/

UN Food and Climate Shapers Conference Speaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VbQzkHYBg&t=242s

Chocolate Workshop with the Oakland Raiders and American Cancer Society

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa42QHAw7RA

Marin Independent Journal Citizen Spotlight

https://www.marinij.com/2018/12/14/pj-bremier-3/

 

Social Media

The Farmworker Project Instagram: 

https://www.instagram.com/thefarmworkerproject/?hl=en

The Farmworker Project instagram has 41.8k followers on Instagram. Our educational work contextualizes injustice in Agriculture and elevates activists/farmworkers and farm worker organizations. 186,000 accounts reached between the Week of November 30th-December 6th.

Farmworker Project TikTok: 58,400 Followers

https://www.tiktok.com/@thefarmworkerproject?

 

Media Production Skill and Worker Technology Platforms

La Mano de Obra Campesina: The Farm Work Force:

Short Documentary where I filmed, interviewed and edited a piece with the help of Amadeo Sumano to present a website we have been working on that gives Farmworkers the ability to review their workplace anonymously. I was responsible for all media production and audio and visual editing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE0_XawO35w&t=15s 

FairCampo.com:  A bilingual website(in beta) we designed that gives farmworkers the ability to communicate anonymously about farm job working conditions. You can visit the site and see it completed. I am working with anthropologists and farmworker organizations to get feedback on the site before spring launch with website security advice from the Digital Defense Fund.

WineVoyage.org:

WineVoyage.org is a website I funded and designed that gives contracted winery workers the ability to communicate anonymously about winery workplace conditions. The site has over 1500 workers, and 400 wineries reviewed in over 15 countries.

 

Other Awards/Honors

Rare Fruit Growers Association Keynote Speaker on issues in Cacao Production and Agroforestry

SOCAP Social Capital Markets Scholarship Entrepreneur: 

Took part in three day workshop on grant writing, building social impact businesses, and fundraising

Telling Immigrant Food Stories: Fellowship Recipient

Three day workshop provided by the New School in Conjunction with Feet in 2 Worlds to provide activists with the tools needed to tell immigrant food stories. Included audio and podcast production.