The Harvesters

1960, 18 min., black/white, DVD Rural Farm Labor Becomes Factory Labor The rush to mechanize California agriculture to reduce the cost of farm labor in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s came as California’s factory farmers responded to the anticipated … 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

The Photographic Adventures of Harvey Richards

  How It All Began The timeline presents the photographic adventures of Harvey Richards which began in 1957 when  the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) sent Harvey a subpoena. It was the last straw in a series of persecutions that changed … 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

The Land Is Rich

1966, 27 min., color, DVD California Farm Workers Grape Strike and March to Sacramento Harvey Richards filmed the United Farm Workers march to Sacramento in 1966 to win the right to unionize for California farm workers. Starting out in Delano … Continue reading

California Farm Workers in the Winter of 1964

Harvey Richards took this photo on New Years Day, January 1, 1964 in Stockton, California.  Big businesses in agriculture love migrant workers who can pick a crop and move on.  Where did they go after the crops were picked in … Continue reading

Toilets in the Fields?

In 1962, when I was 18 years old, my father, Harvey Richards, went to Sacramento and set up a slide show in the hallway outside the Assembly where they were debating a bill to require California farmers to provide toilets … Continue reading

Massive use of Chemicals in Agriculture

When Harvey took this photo in 1964 in San Joaquin County, California, industrial agriculture was just beginning to apply massive amounts of poisons to our food.   These workers today would probably be wearing protective suits, masks, and rubber gloves.  Parathion poisoning … Continue reading

Industrial Agriculture is the problem

In 1958 in Salinas, California, farmers sprayed boxed up lettuce on the way to market.  Organic agriculture and Community Supported Agriculture is a modern alternative to this kind of reckless application of chemicals to our food.  Watch a film called … Continue reading

Dolores Huerta, Then and Now

Dolores Huerta is so deserving of the medal of freedom, bestowed here on May 30, 2012 by President Obama. On September 24, 1965, she stood on top of a car during the grape strike, calling workers out of the fields to … Continue reading