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Picking strawberries, Pajaro Valley, California
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
The Pajaro valley continues to produce fruit and vegetables for markets near and far, but the face of the workforce has changed over time. By the end of the 20th century, the vast majority of field work in the Watsonville region was performed by Latinos, many of whom were immigrants. As this photograph suggests, strawberries have remained important to the Pajaro Valley.
Physical Description
Date Made:
about 1980

Agriculture remains a mainstay of California’s economy and continues to be highly commercialized. The orchards and sugar beet fields of the late19th century gave way in the 20th century to truck crops such as lettuce and broccoli. After World War II, Watsonville became a frozen-food processing center, although in recent years these factories have moved overseas.

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