Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont, Drawn by New England Cartoonists

“This rich and inspiring project is doing the work of ORAL HISTORY, NARRATIVE MEDICINE, ETHNOGRAPHY, and GRAPHIC MEDICINE…” ~ M.K. Czerwiec (

El viaje mini-comics by Marek Bennett:

El viaje más caro (The Most Costly Journey):
An ethnographic cartooning project that employs collaborative storytelling as a tool to mitigate loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms.

Project archive @ Vermont Folklife Center:


EL VIAJE @ Facebook →


“These comics help combat mental health challenges for migrants in Vermont”

EL VIAJE @ PRI’s “The World” / 12 Feb. 2020

“Imagine becoming a character in your favorite comic book. For Latino residents in Addison County, Vermont, seeing their stories illustrated in print has been key to tackling some of the mental health challenges of migration. Soon, their stories will be available for readers across the United States. “

“Using chiles & comics to address the physical & emotional wellbeing of farmworkers in Vermont’s borderlands”

EL VIAJE @ the journal AGRICULTURE & HUMAN VALUES / 20 Jun. 2019

This article employs a framework of structural violence and structural vulnerability to situate the lived experiences and health concerns of migrant farmworkers…

After the Crossing”

EL VIAJE @ VT Humanities’ BEFORE YOUR TIME podcast / 6 Sep. 2019

Many different groups of people, from many different continents, have helped build our state. But from the 19th century through 2019, the stories of immigrants have largely been excluded from the popular image of Vermont.

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