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Telling Our Stories: Japanese Americans in the San Fernando Valley, 1910's - 1970's

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Farming in the San Fernando Valley

Nonetheless, Japanese American farmers were highly successful despite law restrictions. They would lease or buy small plots of land, and specialize in crops that were labor-intensive. Japanese farmers grew produce such as raised bunch vegetables. (I.e., carrots, green onions, turnips, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, also a few farmers grew cantaloupes, strawberries and potatoes).

"(We)usually had about 15 acres and we grew carrots and green onions and cabbage... and once we had some potatoes and cucumbers."

~ Mary Oda

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Kawakami Flower Ranch
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Image Contributed by: Jane Muranaka Names of people: Date: early 1950s Place: Kawakami Ranch in Sunland, California Photograph by: Toyo Miyatake Original Photo size: Description: Each year, Saichi Kawakami, an ... More »

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