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  • Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own

    Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own

    Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley that helps aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.

  • Plowing under the fields of shame

    Rebecca Clarren talks to migrant farmworker women about a threat they face every day in the fields: sexual harassment and assault by coworkers and bosses.

  • The persistence of a golden time in the West

    The persistence of a golden time in the West

    Seventy years after the publication of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, migrant workers still roam the West, eking out a tough living in its orchards and farm fields.

  • Bordering on injustice

    Bordering on injustice

    Jimmy Santiago Baca's novel A Glass of Water compassionately describes the lives of Mexican immigrants.

  • The fruits of their labor

    The fruits of their labor

    In Delta County, Colorado, a pilot program sent prisoners to work on three farms during the summer of 2008.

  • A literary organization tackles California gang violence

    A literary organization tackles California gang violence

    The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif., is honoring the Nobel Prize-winning author by helping at-risk youth in the community he wrote about.

  • Backbreaking work props up 'sustainable' crops

    California farmworkers fight for stricter regulations on hand weeding, only to find themselves at odds with organic farmers.

  • Follow-up

    Gale Norton blasts environmentalists; California farmworkers sprayed with pesticides; ranchers have to keep paying beef checkoffs

  • In the orchards, questions about immigration reform

    In Yakima County, Wash., the California-based labor contractor Global Horizons is stirring up controversy among local Latino farmworkers by bringing in hundreds of guest workers from Thailand to pick fruit

  • The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

    New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

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