In California, more Latinos among strawberry growers
SALINAS, Calif. – Alejandro Ramirez was 15 when he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to work alongside his father and brother in California’s strawberry fields.
He spent 12 years toiling for a large grower, living with his wife and child in a garage, learning everything from pulling weeds to planting to driving a tractor.
Now, Ramirez is a U.S. citizen who employs about 80 workers – all of them fellow Latinos – and grows his own strawberries on more than 100 acres in Salinas, one of California’s key berry growing regions.
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