Migrant laborer Francisco Velasquez, 22, watches as almonds are loaded into a trailer in Hilmar. For some farmworkers, ‘agriculture is a starting point. Parents pick and send their kids to school and their kids get better jobs.’ Others like the work and stay with it for decades. The hard work in the fields, says one labor foreman, was worthwhile, because now, ‘I have a house.’
Migrant laborer Francisco Velasquez, 22, watches as almonds are loaded into a trailer in Hilmar. For some farmworkers, ‘agriculture is a starting point. Parents pick and send their kids to school and their kids get better jobs.’ Others like the work and stay with it for decades. The hard work in the fields, says one labor foreman, was worthwhile, because now, ‘I have a house.’ Modesto Bee
Migrant laborer Francisco Velasquez, 22, watches as almonds are loaded into a trailer in Hilmar. For some farmworkers, ‘agriculture is a starting point. Parents pick and send their kids to school and their kids get better jobs.’ Others like the work and stay with it for decades. The hard work in the fields, says one labor foreman, was worthwhile, because now, ‘I have a house.’ Modesto Bee

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