Listen to an interview with Gabino:
Interviewer: What do you guys farm here?
Gabino: Alfalfa, Sudan, wheat, klein grass, just basically grass.
Interviewer: Are they grasses that they use for feed?
Gabino: No, well, the Sudan, we use it for feed, too, but it, mostly it goes, it gets exported to… China, Japan.
Interviewer: And, what do they do with it?
Gabino: Well, from what I hear, they do the bumpers on the cars.
Interviewer: They use it as a component in a, uh…
Interviewer: …For putting in, uh, yeah.
Gabino: Like fiberglass, yeah.
Interviewer: You handed one of the workers, um, it looked like a piece of technology. What did you give him?
Gabino: I gave him uh, it’s a, it’s a computer module for a hay bailer.
Interviewer: There’s a great deal of technology involved in what you guys do.
Gabino: Oh yeah.
Interviewer: How long have you been working for the farm that you, that you’re the foreman, right?
Gabino: I’m the foreman for this one, yeah.
Interviewer: And how long have you been here? At this particular…
Gabino: Right here. Ten years.
Interviewer: And, you’re how old?
Gabino: I’m 36.
Interviewer: Your name again is?
Gabino: Gabino Parga.
Interviewer: You’re a third generation farmworker, is that correct?
Gabino: Yeah, that’s true.
Interviewer: And, did you, when you were younger did you ever work, um, with your dad?
Gabino: Yes, when I was 15 years old. Worked ever since.
Interviewer: And, what kind of work were you doing back then?
Gabino: Back then, was the farm, too. Same thing. Whatever my dad tell me, because he was the foreman back then.
Interviewer: Your dad was a foreman?
Gabino: (Laughter) Yeah, yep.
Interviewer: And what ranch did he work on?
Gabino: He worked on west of El Centro called………….. It was called Brickman Brothers.
Interviewer: And how many acres did they have out there?
Gabino: Ah, they probably had, probably a thousand.
Interviewer: And were you, were they doing grasses there, also?
Gabino: They were doing grass and sometimes, um, produce. Lettuce, carrots, but I never got into the carrot and lettuce stuff. All my stuff was like this… hay.
Interviewer: And, did most people sort of specialize in one thing or the other?
Gabino: Well, right here where we’re at everyone’s got to do a little bit of everything.
Interviewer: Where are we going now?
Gabino: We’re going to go check on this guy over here. He’s on the disk. He’s moving dirt around. ‘Cause we’re going to plant Sudan on it. This area is a pretty unforgiving climate at times. Right now, it’s not too hot. And, in the summer time, it gets hot!
Interviewer: What do you have to worry about when it’s hot?
Gabino: Water and shade. That’s the main thing: water and shade.
Interviewer: But there is no shade out here.
Gabino: They provide shade while we’re… When we’re working, we’re inside the cabs, and they got A/C. It’s not that harsh.
Interviewer: So, the grasses you’ll plant now, and then harvest through the heat of the summer, is that it?