Mother Jones: Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley

Mother Jones: Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley
April 21, 2018 Joanna Rivas

If you’re making a salad to go along with your dinner tonight, you should probably thank the farmworkers in California’s Salinas Valley, who produce about two-thirds of the country’s lettuce and much of its strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli. When they head home to meet their families this evening, many of them won’t have the space to cook their own meals: A long-standing housing crisis has likely pushed tens of thousands of farmworkers into cramped and dangerous living conditions without adequate access to kitchens and bathrooms, according to a housing survey released Thursday by the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) and the California Coalition for Rural Housing.

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