Across California from the Napa Valley to the San Joaquin Valley, varying farm wages are affecting the amount of farm workers and the locations which they look to work. Farm wages are significantly higher in areas such as the Napa Valley making many want to work there. In an article written by LA Times, they state that a man known as Leovijildo Martinez “clambers into a van at around 4:40 a.m. every morning to travel from Stockton to the Napa Valley.” He does this because the Napa Valley is one of the highest paid places in California. When doing this he must sacrifice his time with his family and kids. But in the end however, it may just be paying off. Martinez went from making 14.75 an hour to 19.50 doing the same exact thing he was originally doing. Many farm owners are currently looking for more employees for lower prices. This makes me want to investigate more on job opportunities for these Americans. The situation discussed in the article can also be united to The Grapes of Wrath. In the Grapes of Wrath, farmers are being taken off their land however, in the article there is a high demand for farmers. This contradiction is interesting showing how times have changed significantly.
Picture Taken by: Victor (CC BY 2.0)