Out of Work, Sleeping in the Fields: The People of the Central Valley

Sunday, 13 June 2010 10:19 By David Bacon, t r u t h o u t | Report | name.

Out of Work, Sleeping in the Fields: The People of the Central Valley
Pedro, an unemployed farm worker who now sleeps in an abandoned orchard, comes from Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico. (Photos: David Bacon)

A photodocumentary project on the reality of life today in California's Central Valley

Near Reedley, on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley, three men live in a camp they've built under the trees of an abandoned orchard. A blue tarp and the cardboard from an unfolded carton make up the roof. The mattresses for their beds sit on shipping pallets, or nearby under a bush. One of the men made a doll of straw, which sits in the branch of a dead tree overlooking the camp.

Pedro, a migrant worker.

Humberto comes from Zihuatanejo in Guerrero. Pedro, who wears an earring in his ear, comes from Hermosillo in Sonora. Ramiro comes from a tiny town in the Lancandon jungle of Chiapas, about halfway between Tapachula on the coast, and Palenque, the site of the Mayan ruins.

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