Salinas Immersion 2019 - The Human Cost Of Food

The Salinas immersion is a good way to spend your mid-semester break. On this immersion, we explore the topics of food safety, medical, and human rights issues from people who feed us every day. Salinas has some of the most fertile soil in the country and is home to much of our produce. Our hope is to provide a transformative, educational experience that instills a greater understanding of the complexity of food issues, immigration, and the efforts of those on the ground working to push forward social justice.





Here is a blurb from a previous Salinas participant:

“Salinas was the very first immersion trip I went on at SMC and it was a very personable, challenging, and eye-opening experience to an area that's in our backyard but is arguably a different world. One of the main reasons Salinas stands out in my mind among service trips is that it is a program that combines both the physical and intellectual aspects of service and social justice to create a wholesome and "immersed" experience. We aren't going to Salinas to watch people pick crops and observe migrant camps and then call it an eye-opening experience with the food industry. We are going to Salinas to understand the human element of the food industry from all aspects and to asses the human cost of the fertile Salinas Valley. We discussed why migrants get paid by the pound rather than the minimum wage and we also worked a couple of days right alongside them (get ready to get dirty). We explored medical clinics and migrant camps and lived a lifestyle in tandem with the people who call this place home. There are many hands that get our daily food from the ground to the table and it’s about time we actually got to shake those hands and thank them for it.


When: October 24-26, 2019

How much: $75

Application due: September 27th 

If you are accepted, there will be training meetings in early Oct. The time for those meetings will be determined by the group schedule. In the past, they have taken place on Sunday afternoons.

Questions? Email Katie O'Leary: or Daniel Araujo

You can also call 925-631-4075

Or you can stop by the Mission and Ministry right next to the Chapel!

Apply Here!