Monterey Co., California, May 2, 1940.
Salinas Valley in Monterey County is a truck farming area utilizing the most modern mechanical methods of large-scale cultivation. The young men shown in the group of photographs are local youths who come from a small crossroads town where a few houses, a gas station or two and several stores cluster together around the artery of the main highway. Their homes are farm houses, or houses that used to be farm houses. They work as skilled farm machinery operators for the large ranches where mechanical efficiency and productivity has developed beyond the point at which their small holdings, if they have any, can compete. As the wage workers operating machinery for "factories in the field" they hasten their own displacement from small farms.