10 Photos of California's Agricultural Life in Evolution

Farm to table's nothing new in sunny California, where year-long temperate weather has made the state a hub for the cultivation and distribution of fresh produce. Here are ten photos that show the state's agricultural life in evolution, from the flower farms of old Los Feliz to the UFW protests of the eighties.

Yoong Sook Hahn and her son, Walter, on their lettuce field in Delano in 1945. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


A Japanese family preps graduation bouquets at their flower farm in Los Feliz circa 1945, the year the family returned from a WWII relocation camp. LAPL Photo Collection


Fred Mickaelian and his brother on the family celery farm in 1949. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


Isaac Rubenstein examines his produce truck in 1951; Rubenstein and his wife lived in L.A. at 12th and Rimpau. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


Marsh Romias picks tomatoes on his Sanger farm circa 1951. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


George Williams examines produce being delivered to a Thriftimart in 1952. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


The Reyes family farm, at Western and Artesia in Torrance, plays host to friends and a local reverend in 1952. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


A deer farmer cradles twin fawns found in the Mulholland Hills during construction of new houses in 1959. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


Eager buyers crowd the Farmers' Market in Santa Monica during its grand opening in 1981. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


Cesar Chavez marches in a 1982 UFW protest that launched a boycott of Dole Foods. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection


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