Description - The Great Central Valley by Stephen Johnson
This book explores the rich natural and social history of the state's agricultural heartland. The author celebrates the tenacious people of the Valley, where hard work and ingenuity are the means to both survival and success. This is a land that gives little but yields, under pressure, to creative experiments with unusual crops. The photographs reveal the beauty of the region as well as the delicate relationship between the land and the people who work it. The Central Valley is California's economic hub as well as its physical center. A plain some 430 miles long and up to 75 miles wide, surrounded by mountains and covering nearly 15 million acres - about the size of England - this valley has become the richest farming region in the world. More than 25 percent of the table food produced in the U.S. is grown here. Its southernmost county, Kern, produces more oil than some OPEC countries. The Valley is as rich in people as it is in resources. Tagalog, Hmong, Spanish, English, Cantonese, Russian, Italian - all are spoken here.
The population of farm labourers, small family farms, powerful agribusinesses, and, increasingly, urban professionals make the region's economic disparities as p
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(330mm x 324mm x 26mm)
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Author Biography - Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson teaches photography at Skyline College and the College of San Mateo. He edited and designed At Mono Lake (1983). Gerald Haslam is Professor of English at Sonoma State University and the author of That Constant Coyote: California Stories (1990) and Coming of Age in California (1990). Robert Dawson teaches photography at San Jose State University. His Robert Dawson Photographs appeared in 1988.