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Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast

An Exhibition Created by Cornell Migrant Program of Cornell University

On loan to The New Jersey Historical Society and on view September 3, 2002 - August 2003

Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast traces the path of the fruits and vegetables we eat, and the lives of the people who grow and harvest them, in six parts of the Northeast. New Jersey, once the breadbasket of the East, is still a major producer of "truck" crops such as lettuces, peppers, and cucumbers. Downeast Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the nation; further north, Aroostook County, long known for its potato fields, is becoming a leading broccoli area. Apple orchards range along Lake Ontario in western New York; onions are a major crop in the "black dirt" of the western Hudson Valley. Southeastern Massachusetts has been the center of cranberry production for 150 years.

The exhibition is fully bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Interactive sections explore such topics as pay and the trip north. A family gallery guide engages family audiences in an exploration of food, family and community while a special section explores growing up as a child in a migrant family. For more online information, check out the exhibit's official site Cornell Migrant Program.


Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast was developed by the Cornell Migrant Program of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding America's understanding, for more than thirty years, of who we were, who we are, and who we will be; Rockefeller Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts; Newman's Own; and Pioneer New Media Technology. The exhibition comes to New Jersey supported in part with a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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