AP PHOTOS: indigenous farmworkers in the fields

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS

Few of us have reason to venture out into the fields where our fruits and vegetables are gathered by the hands of Latino immigrant farmworkers. When you go out into the fields, the feeling is of grandness, vastness. Rows of lettuce, strawberries, cabbage the length of several football stadiums stretch towards infinity. The sun blazes mercilessly overhead. The work of planting, weeding, harvesting is quiet, tedious, back-breaking. I think about it at every meal. I hope that through these photographs I can communicate the importance of farmworkers to our lives — and at the same time, their utter insignificance in the immensity of a field and in American society at large. These photographs were taken in a cabbage field in the Salinas Valley. The farmworkers are indigenous Mexican migrants who live in the city of Greenfield, the subject of my Divided City narrative story.

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