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‘It’s Never Too Late’: Salinas Dental Hygienist Spent 11 Years as Farmworker

October 13, 2021
by David Rodriguez, Salinas Californian


Working in the fields takes a physical toll on a person.

Long hours and harsh working conditions is the price paid by farmworkers to ensure that grocery stores are stocked and families have food on the table.

Martina Hernandez Garcia watched her father work endlessly in the fields before she started harvesting lettuce herself. The experience motivated her to pursue a career change in her early 30s.

“I still remember when I was in a field in Watsonville; raining, covered in mud and boxes ripping apart because they were damp,” Hernandez Garcia said. “I turned and saw the bus and said enough is enough and officially made it my last season with the company.”

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