Faces of Farming

The Tulare County Museum Foundation created the Faces of Farming project to highlight the individual contributions people have made to the growth of Tulare County agriculture. Since Native Americans settled here thousands of years ago - initially as hunter/gatherers and later on as accomplished weavers of some of the finest Indian baskets produced in North America - Tulare County has become home to successive migrations of settlers who have greatly expanded local farming from a backyard subsistence level into a global agricultural industry valued at more than $5.3 billion dollars in 2008 alone. Explore the "Faces" profiles to learn more about Central Valley agriculture!

The Faces of Farming project is an important part of the educational programming offered at the new 17,000-square foot Tulare County Museum of Farm Labor & Agriculture, dedicated November 5, 2009. The Museum showcases the rich cultural heritage of the people who have lived in, used and farmed the San Joaquin Valley during the past 500 years, beginning with the Native Americans and continuing with the Hispanic experience, and Asian migrations during the Gold Rush era. Exhibits will explore the arrival of the Armenians, Dutch and Portuguese, and the local settlement of former Buffalo Soldiers and their families post Civil War in Allensworth. Exhibits will also explore the Dust Bowl migrations that occurred before and during the Great Depression era and include more recent migration settlements, such as the relocation to this area of Hmong and other southeast Asian refugees in the post-Vietnam era.

Want to know more about the men and women who helped make Tulare County, California the second most productive farm production region in the world, and the leading dairy production region on the planet? Flip through the Faces of Farming? Know someone who should have their own profile? Create a "Face!"