Living with Migrant Farmworkers

Dec 2, 2014

Seth Holmes, speaking about his time spent living with and working alongside Mexican migrant farmworkers. The slide projected behind him was taken during that time.

  To learn about the harsh realities of a migrant farm worker’s life, researcher Seth Holmes took a first-person approach, living and working alongside them for a season.

The group of farmworkers he joined were willing enough to allow him to work and travel with them, Holmes recounts, but gaining their trust took more than five months.

Farm workers in the field.
Credit US Department of Agriculture

  Among the substandard conditions that Holmes experienced along with his co-workers were numerous instances of workers’ rights violations, both in terms of workplace safety, and simply getting paid fairly. Although some instances were more deliberate than others.