Ever wonder who harvested the berries in your smoothie? Or who took the effort to pick that big, juicy apple that you’re about to bite into?
And chances are, it was a farmworker. There are currently approximately one million farmworkers employed across the United States.
So how come we never hear about them? And who are these farmworkers exactly?
Most are immigrants working at low-paying agricultural jobs on big farms that sell produce to our supermarkets and restaurant chains: apples, tomatoes, cherries, avocados, potatoes, strawberries, pears – you name it.
They harvest the food that we eat. And yet they are one of the most hidden and underrepresented population subgroups in the nation.