Death of a Vineyard
Abandoned desert vineyard near Borrego Springs, California. The wooden crosses once supported trellis wires for vines of table grapes. For several decades the Di Giorgio Corporation grew Thompson Seedless grapes at this site in the Borrego Valley. Plenty of water and early warm weather allowed the company to beat other U.S. vineyards to the lucrative spring market in the eastern U.S. However, during the U.S. grape boycott of the 1960's, the corporation closed their operations rather than allowing their workers to join the United Farm Workers Union. The corporation then left the vineyards to die (Lindsay 2001:143).
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