Stories from the field
- Jose Luis
- Rafael and Ricardo
Alejandro comes from the Triqui-speaking town of Santa Cruz Rio Venado in Oaxaca. After migrating to the U.S. as a boy, he finished high school while still working in the fields, and then went to community college and state university.
Consuelo has worked at Brokaw Nursery for 41 years.
Miguel comes from the Triqui town of Santa Cruz Rio Venado in Oaxaca. He brought his family to live, first in Oregon and then in California, and has worked in the fields for twenty years.
Elisa is a leader of migrant Mexican farm workers and her husband works in the fields.
Isabel is a single-mother farmworker who has spent over 17 years working in the fields.
Javier recently graduated from high school after working as a farm worker since he was in elementary school. He has become an activist and continues to work in the fields.
Jose Luis comes to pick grapes every year. His friends live in cars and vans in a store parking lot, although he now rents a house during the season.
Lorena is a young farm worker and single mother from Oaxaca. She lives in with her daughter and aunt.
Lucrecia comes from Oaxaca, and speaks Mixteco, one of the indigenous languages and cultures of Mexico.
Marisol is a farm worker and single mother from Mexico. She is vice-president of the local chapter of Lideres Campesinas, a farmworker women’s leadership and outreach group.
Pedro comes from Oaxaca, and speaks Triqui, one of the indigenous languages and cultures of Mexico. Today he works as a farm worker in the grape ranches of Sonoma Valley wineries.
Rafael and Ricardo
Rafael is a farm worker from Arizona. He works picking grapes every year, driving over five hours from his home. He and his grandson Ricardo live in a van in a store parking lot while they work picking grapes.
Ramona was a farm worker for many years, and her husband still works in the fields. Today is in charge of the sexual assault and human trafficking program for Lideres Campesina, a farmworker women’s rights group.
Raymundo is a young farm worker from Oaxaca. He and his friend are the world’s first Mixteco rappers.
Teresa is a farm worker who left Oaxaca when she was four and began working in the fields when she was eight. Although she’s only 32, today she’s totally disabled by arthritis as a result of the work.