The warmer summers of Oregon dampen enthusiasm for an adventure north to farm workers

The warmer summers of Oregon dampen enthusiasm for an adventure north to farm workers ...

Jaime Villegas left his mobile home in Central Valley for 24 years all summer in order to keep the path on which generations of California farm workers have helped.

The journey would take a half hour into the paved land and give them a raft of food, to its end: the blueberry harvest in the town of Boring.

Although he was a boy in the days before his mother began to go to school, he's now gone with his wife and his children. The fathers drove the cars. Mothers helped in the field; children attended school until they got old to help in la cosecha.

That is where family supports him.

In spite of that ritual, a few Californians are coming up for the blueberry harvest now. Farmers blame largely lack of affordable housing and economics.

If you don't want to find the same spot from the same reason and in no way in keeping with the same values, one who prefers to find a place like Villegas, Ventura, and many other businesses consider being relatively pleasant.

Two blazes took place in Beaver State during the summer of recent years. The temperature of the Oregon coast has skyrocketed to triple the digits since 1996.

To be honest, Edward Taylor, a professor of science at the University of California Davis, told his knowledge that there's no correlation between harvest and extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest. But he found it interesting and interesting because whatever makes migration less attractive makes people migrate less.

Taylor conducted a study in Mexico that showed extreme heat drove migration away from rural communities and into other parts of Mexico and the United States.

I can imagine that things would make it very dull, so it would not be that much easier than it could be, says Taylor, who works at the UC Davis, and also as director of the American Rural and Pacific Research Center. They would easily compound this big picture we see happening out there. Fewer farm workers want to move, and less are willing to follow the crop.

"We can't regulate the life of Mother Nature," said Dr. Schenker. We can ban pesticides, but we don't can't ban hot weather," said Dr. Schenker, a professor at UC Davis, and founder of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. We can't regulate Mother Nature.

In the summer last harvest, Villegas and his family had cooped up in their rented house, with no sleep. Others felt the same for their bunks, with no food and a roaring wind. The portable fan ranchers provided hot air.

They worked 115 degrees long as they had toile in the freezing weather, but couldn't fill their tin buckets with berries so they had toripened in the sun.

Ventura asked himself if she was the person who had come across himself. What is my name?

What's happening?

The couple are a small portion of a population of farmers who are not working hard.

Anne Krahmer-Steinkamp said five years ago that she employed nearly 200 Californians from Madera, Stockton and Watsonville who arrived to Krahmer-Steinkamps farm by phone telephone. This year, only 10 Californians committed to the harvest.

She pushed up her morning shift and told them to pick as much as they could, she said. We set them loose and flew, she said.

Krahmer-Steinkamp said that she lost 15% of her crop on the second day of extreme heat. It's lucky, but many farmers lost their entire harvest.

Villegas was started working in the fields in the late 1990s and shifted into the Central Valley and headed toward the higher-paying work. In the Central Valley, he picked grapevine leaves until his father announced they'd all travel farther north to work.

Oregon has been a significant change compared to the valley. Douglas firs were everywhere; it seemed like it was never stopping raining.

Having an unfettered condition, the Villegas family fought for an end, and had some trouble getting the right balance between buying raincoats and rain boots. That was what the Villegas family took and wore a cap dressed in a coat and cut holes in huge black plastic bags, so that their bodies could be a bit dry.

When he was standing in the mud, his numb fingers lugged around his waist and froze up as blackberry bushes cooled down.

He said the fruit used to freeze very cold here, which is very cold.

Ventura has been living in Fresno for a week and went to work before strawberry harvest.

"That was very difficult," Ventura said while she watched her daughter play in the living room in Fresno, 32. "In that time, there was so much rain, day and night, rain. Day and night, more rain. It rained and we had to keep working and we got so dirty."

She put on some new challenges at school before dawn. She woke up earlier, preparing breakfast at 6:00 and taking some kids out to school, and he left for Jaime.

She returned to Oregon the year she got back in 2016, where she met Jaime.

Ventura felt the pines and chilly weather in a deep contrast with his Fresno home. I like it because I see more things here than in my city life, and it's about the fact that I see more people and trees and trees and I have a love for the air, she explained. The city of Ventura is with that view. Especially for me because he feels that he appreciates everything I see here, and that doesn't even come from the outside.

Since she got in love with its charm, how has Oregon changed.

This year, Oregon had more hotter than any other part of the United States except Death Valley. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, at least one farm worker died of heat-related causes while working in June at a nursery in St Paul, a tiny city north of the northern part of the country.

The storm of 2021 was a disaster, Krahmer-Steinkamp said.

Working with Garcia's supervisor, it became difficult to find farmworkers who would travel from California.

And they left a week before the start of season. They say, I want to be there and help you, but can you find a room for me and my friends?, said he. After that, they said, Let me finish my job here and then pay you an entire years worth of money. They say, Let me keep my work here with you and pay for it all the time..

The familiar faces they saw over the years dwindling at camp for a few months.

Some workers couldn't afford to rent rooms anymore, but grew too old to make it. Some left fields to take on other jobs, and followed another trend seen in agricultural work nationwide, where younger generations are choosing better jobs.

The long-held tradition waned in his family about a mile away from Krahmer-Steinkamps farm. As the only mile away, the building saw a distant result of the soaring popularity of his long-held tradition in his own family.

In 1992, Cruz left the city of Costa Rica, the town of Mexicos Sinaloa State, to work, and finally, re-enter the coast of California. After the harvest, he left the city to study and learn about the benefits of a strawberry crop, and once he migrated to California, before he returned home and found himself able to continue working in the country. Even though he didn't sleep in the car for weeks, 500 people arrived in Oregon ready to work.

He loved working in the fields and hoped that his children would one day follow his footsteps. And for a few years, his family joined him.

When two of his daughters and one son took blackberries, only one daughter, Sarai, 20, was in love with the work. When the rambled life started going on for two and all, his family wanted a stable life. Cruz became a ranch supervisor at an annual blackberry farm in Albany. His family wanted to see the main business behind these adventures and become the rambling to a stable life.

In one day, he plans to spend the money on another daughter, Cruz said. His daughter can't handle the heat instead she studies nursing at Clackamas Community College. That's why she may return for the money.

Villegas and Ventura hope their children will pursue something greater. They said they would have pursued different jobs.

After this years sweltering season, the couple are unsure if its worth continuing their Oregon run.

But now, what are the point of going if it is the same as here? said Ventura from Fresno. At a moment, why are we going because it is too hot in the summer and the weather is beautiful there, said Ventura. We're going for the same purpose and then, we go now for the same purpose, said Ventura from home in Fresno.

They said that because of the lack of work, the Boring rancher warned them not to take over another farm and refuse to move on, according to their boss. The couple said, they asked them to pull weeds and organize material in hopes that the next crop will yield better results.

A lot of people aren't concerned about our attitude, Villegas said.

They have always worn the rain dress they bought long ago. It is not needed anymore. The clothes that they never wear are always packed in their duffel bag.

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