I sometimes picture my farm as a battlefield with troops of people struggling with nature in a hundred-year war.

Germans, Italians, Chinese and Japanese, Armenians, Filipinos, and Mexicans---their voices have sounded over this farm, their families have walked these rows . . .

~ David Mas Masumoto, Epitaph for a Peach

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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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