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Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California

Christopher R. Henke


Just south of San Francisco lies California’s Salinas Valley, the heart of a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry that dominates U. S. vegetable production. How did this sleepy valley become the nation’s “salad bowl?” This book explores the ways that science helped build the Salinas Valley and California’s broader farm industry. The author focuses on the case of University of California “farm advisors,” scientists stationed in counties throughout the state who have stepped forward to help growers deal with crises ranging from labor shortages to plagues of insects. These disruptions in wh ... More

Keywords: Salinas Valley, vegetable production, farm advisors, labor shortages, insect plagues, ethnographic research, historical research, Spreckels Sugar Company, growers’ responses, environmental issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262083737
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher R. Henke, author