Some California farmers feel safe during COVID-19, others can’t even isolate

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Farm workers in Fresno, California are experiencing all sorts of challenges during this pandemic. Photo credit: Antonio Nava

We continue with our weekly look at how food gets to our tables. Today we turn to the source: farmers. Gelasio Venegas now wears gloves and masks when picking strawberries. He is one of the few farmers who feels safe and has paid sick leave.

Celso Guevarra has a different reality in Ventura County, where 80% of his 200 coworkers are indigenous people who speak regional languages. They find communication difficult and lacking. They also share close living quarters, where isolation is not an option.

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Host:
Evan Kleiman

Producers:
Joseph Stone, Laryl Garcia