Tag - farm workers

Farming Out the Home: Women and Agribusiness

I grew up in a small town, and spent a lot of time on the farms of friends and relatives. Rural life, it seemed to me, offered a good blend of sensual pleasures, hard work and whole tasks. As an adult, I've spent most of my life in the largest cities of the U.S. I am familiar, then, with rural and urban living. But I...

No Hands Touch the Land: Automating California Farms

Up until last summer, Flavio Martinez made his living in the cannery tomato fields of the Sacramento Valley. Though he found work thinning and weeding tomato plants, picking apricots, or gathering prunes and walnuts, he earned most of his annual income in the eight weeks of the tomato harvest.