Migrant Housing

My local travels brought me to a group of homes surrounded by acres of land. I believe that this would be temporary housing for farm workers.

The first home was a bit tattered but the outhouses appeared to be well maintained with a fresh coat of paint on them.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

I always find it stunning when I see workers toiling under the sun as they bend all day to pick crops. I also think these are proud human beings who would do anything to maintain a family, and they are happy to do this work.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

This may well be a kitchen building where meals are prepared, but I don’t know that for sure.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

This home appears to be set up so it can be a small store which probably sells sodas, and snacks.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

It is my sense that later this summer these homes will be occupied by workers with very good backs, who must be very tired by days end.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

53 thoughts on “Migrant Housing

  1. Man, it looks so hot! Beautiful blue sky though. I think that little soda snack place could be done up very nicely to make a lovely cool shady little tearoom to look after the worker’s culinary requirements.

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  2. Grew up by the blueberry fields in Holland, Mi and remember this well. Now live near cotton fields in Phoenix, AZ and see similar…I am surprised to still see the outhouses though. Funny that they have the fresh coat of paint on them…

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    • I agree about the outhouses and wasn’t really sure what to make of them. Clearly, they are outhouses but to still be in use in kind of shocking. All guess work on my part.

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  3. I remember seeing buildings like this when I lived in Oklahoma. No one ever said what they were. When I talk to my 87 year old mom today, I am going to see if she remembers anything about this kind of housing.

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    • Yo. Its all about being willing to work that hard and feed your family at the end of the day. And I can’t imagine being that sound of body to be able to do it.
      Thanks Bashar.

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  4. I do think there’s something wonderfully rewarding and peaceful about working on the land doing simple work, and sometimes maybe the people who do this are more content than the ones chasing bigger, brighter and better things. Many many years ago I was married to a sawmill owner in Canada. I sometimes worked in the mill, piling wood as it came off the planer. There were mountains all around and wild geese, and the smell of pine and fir. It was hard work but I loved it. Hard to describe the wonderful feeling of contentment it gave me.

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