Farm Workers Civil Rights in California

“Open Mind” Civil Rights Issue Features Harvey Richards’ Photos The Fall 2013 issue of Open Mind, A Publication of Cal Humanities, is about civil rights in California.  In using the Harvey Richards photo taken during the 1966 March to Sacramento, … Continue reading

Farm Workers at Work: Root Crops, Cotton, Hay

Industrial Agriculture: Machines Take Over   In 1958, when Harvey Richards photographed farm workers in California’s central valley, California agriculture was undergoing a transformation from hand to machine work in many crops.  Not all crops, but certainly root crops and … Continue reading

Farm Workers at Work: Fruits and Vegetables

Industrial Farming from Hands to Machines, 1958-1964 In 1958, Harvey Richards toured the central valley of California photographing farming in many crops. This photo image gallery presents images of farming fruits and vegetables. As part of his filming for Factory … Continue reading

Factory Farms

1959, 37 minutes, color, DV  Factory Farms from the Organizer’s Point of View California farm workers caught the attention of Harvey Richards early in his photographic career.  Working with unionists and pro-union activists, Harvey toured the central valley of California … Continue reading

Mechanized Poison: Chemicals in California Agriculture 1958-65

Poisons in California Agriculture: A Capital Input for Profit Just as agribusiness in California turned to mechanization of planting, watering and harvesting to reduce labor costs and increase profits, so too did it turn to chemical pesticide poisons and fertilizers derived … Continue reading

Water in California Agriculture, 1958-1965

Water: A Capital Input for Agribusiness Profit Corporate agribusiness thinks of water as a capital input for their profit making enterprises. Most people think of a river meandering through green pastures, or a wild river roaring through wooded valleys as signs of the … Continue reading

Chief Caleen Sisk Speaks Against the Canal

On July 25, 2012, Restore the Delta (restorethedelta.org) organized a demonstration to protest a new attempt to build a peripheral canal to drain northern California dry.  Chief Caleen Sisk spoke (listen to her here) to the rally against the canal on … Continue reading