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Doug takes nice delight in being a third-generation grower. he's clever, good knowledgeable, meticulous, and it confirmed in his box. yet I puzzled if Doug and his employees may nonetheless be there in many years. Doug picked a berry and passed it to me, a wide Chandler that used to be brilliantly purple. I took a chunk. The strawberry used to be hot and candy and aromatic, with a marginally sour aftertaste from the soil. That night I inadvertently met a few of Doug’s employees. Ricardo Soto, a tender legal professional at CRLA, had introduced me to the sting of an avocado orchard to go to a hidden encampment of migrant employees. might be one-third of the farmworkers in northern San Diego County—about 7,000 people—are now homeless. an extra 9,000 in their kin are homeless, too. Many reside open air. the lack of low-income housing turned acute within the early Nineteen Eighties, and big shantytowns began appearing, a few containing enormous quantities of crude shacks. As suburbs encroached on agricultural land in northern San Diego County, filthy rich commuters and strawberry pickers turned associates. At one huge shantytown I visited, girls have been doing their laundry in a flow now not faraway from a walled compound with tennis courts, a pool, and an indication promising kingdom membership residing. The suburbanites don't love residing beside Mexican farmworkers. rather than delivering low-income housing, neighborhood experts have declared states of emergency, handed legislation to forbid curbside hiring, and bulldozed a number of the huge encampments. San Diego growers appalled by way of the residing stipulations in their migrants have attempted to construct farmworker housing close to the fields—only to come across fierce resistance from neighboring householders. even though the shantytowns decrease close by estate values, everlasting farmworker housing may lessen estate values much more. “When humans discover you need to construct housing to your migrants,” one grower instructed me, “they simply cross ballistic. ” the recent encampments are smaller and equipped to prevent detection. on the finish of a driveway, close to a chain-link fence, I met a tender Mixtec who lived in such an encampment. His identify was once Francisco, and he used to be eighteen years previous. He appeared deeply exhausted. He had simply picked strawberries for twelve hours at Doug’s farm. I requested what he considered Doug as a md. “Not bad,” he acknowledged courteously. the former 12 months Francisco had picked strawberries from April until eventually July. He had kept $800 in the course of that interval and had stressed it all to his parents within the village of San Sebastian Tecomaxtlahuaca. This was once Francisco’s moment season within the fields, yet he had no longer obvious a lot of San Diego County. He was once too petrified of getting stuck. His days have been spent on the farm, his nights on the encampment. He picked strawberries six days per week, occasionally seven, for ten or twelve hours an afternoon. “When there’s work,” Francisco acknowledged, “you need to paintings” each one morning he awakened round four-thirty and walked for part an hour to arrive Doug’s box. At nightfall, 13 drained males in soiled outfits approached us. They have been all from Francisco’s village.