The lives of the harvesters

Grist features a photographic essay about the immigrant farmworkers who harvest the fruits and vegetables in California, earning little, working hard, feeding the nation. 

According to The Migrant Project, California agriculture produces about fifty percent of the nation's food supply, which means that these folks do about half the fieldwork in the country. 

The photo below depicts part of an eight-man team from Texas specializing in watermelons. For $80 each man moves several tons of fruit a day with no gear, no protection, no insurance. 


I'm always astonished when people claim that "Mexicans are lazy." What could be further from the truth? 

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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