The Human Cost of Food

Migrant exhibit poster

The Human Cost of Food
The History and Diversity of California Migrant Farm Workers
October 2004-January 2005

Installation by Wendy Lee McMullen

We have fed you all for a thousand years-
For that was our doom, you know,
From the days when you chained us in your fields
To the strike a week ago.
You have taken our lives, and our babies and wives,
And we're told it's your legal share,
But if blood be the price of your lawful wealth,
Good God! We have bought it fair!

Written by "An Unknown Proletarian", 1908


Like California’s agriculture—diverse and large—its agricultural workers have come from a diversity of groups, and the list is long. Indeed, groups known to be involved in agriculture in the Pajaro Valley region alone include: African Americans, Basques, Canadians, Cambodians, Chinese, Croations, Danes, English, Filipinos, French, Germans, Greeks, Hawaiians, Indians Irish, Italians, Jamaicans, Japanese, Latinos, Manxmen (Isle of Man), Mexicans, Mormons, Okies/Arkies/Texies, Portuguese (Azores), Scots, Spanish, Swedes, Swiss, Vietnamese, and Yankees (nineteenth-century New England Protestants).

See a gallery of images

The African Americans

The Chinese Migrant Farm Worker In California

The Filipinos

The Japanese

The Mexican Farm Worker in California

Oakies, Arkies, Texies


The United Farm worker Movement

El Teatro Campesino

African American Migrant Workers
Chinese Migrant Farmworkers
Filipino lettuce picker
Japanese Migrant Farmworkers
Mexican Farmworker
Dorothea Lange: Women migrant farmworker
Dorothea Lange: Children of Migrant Farmworkers
Sikhs exhibit poster
Boycott Grapes poster
Cesar Chavez growing up
Cesar Chavez No Grapes button
Cesar Chavez Time Magazine cover
Cesar Chavez 1
Cesar Chavez 2
Cesar Chavez 3
Teatro de Campesino