The sun peeks through California’s Central Valley, fire season morning light, as Silvia Garcia begins her work day in the fields.
Early in the morning, Silvia develops a rhythm to quickly and most efficiently pick each grape branch before temperatures reach the high 90’s.
In the family living room Silvia and her family gather to watch movies and spend time together after long work days in the fields.
A family photo of Silvia Garcia’s four children, husband and parents.
Silvia's daughter, Gisselle.
Silvia newborn daughter, Geraldine, was born during the COVID-19 pandemic. Garcia recalls her fear of giving birth at the hospital without her husband or family able to be in the hospital because of COVID restrictions.
Silvia's mother and father.
Silvia's two oldest children play outside their new home. Garcia and her family had to relocate due to economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early in the morning Silvia and her husband prepare for work.
By midday the summer heat reaches its peak of 99 degrees.
Silvia Garcia fills each brown paper square with grapes. One square amounts to 36 cents.
Guillermo, Silvia's husband, walks through a vine to get back to his field lane.
Silvia, cutting knife in hand, walks through her vine lane.
At the end of the day, Silvia Garcia packs her tools leaving behind half of the grape vineyard row for tomorrow's work day.