The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Agriculture

Ted Gromala, West Side Rancher. Photograph by Ruth Lang. Voices of Central Valley Agriculture, 1999-Present Collection
© Fresno Historical Society Archives

Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1983
In 2001, the Fresno County Farm Bureau donated copies of 28 taped oral histories recorded in 1983.  These oral histories contain reminiscences from some of the leading pioneer farmers in this region.

Voices of Central Valley Agriculture, 1999 – present
This continuing series details the agricultural history of the Central Valley.  Nine interviews have been completed. Subjects include the following: the origins of Central Valley farmers and their families; the changing size of farm acreages; the leasing and buying of farmland; water and irrigation issues; insect control; cattle ranching; crops grown and the changes in the crop base; the changing economics of farming; and the effect of the Great Depression on Valley farms.

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