Cultivating a New Immigrant Narrative


This story appeared in an Education-Innovation pop-up publication on Medium. Reported remotely, spring 2015.

“There are two stories to agriculture,” said Luis Sanchez, “and I’ve seen both.”

Sanchez was born in Mexico in 1995. His mother raised him by herself for the first year of his life while his father established himself as a farm laborer in the United States. A year later, Sanchez and his mother obtained visas and joined his father in Gonzales, California, at the northern end of Monterey County. “We grow a lot of vegetables here,” said Sanchez of the area around his California hometown. “A lot of lettuce.”

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