In California's central valley, springtime brings fresh growth and all the hopes associated with a new farming season. But if you venture off the road, into the fields and orchards surrounding Fresno, you may see a harsher aspect of life in the valley. Small groups of farm workers, unemployed and desperate, are emerging from a long cold winter spent living outdoors, in the same orchards that were once their livelihood. Although nobody knows how many farm workers around Fresno are homeless, one local resident familiar with the community says it is the first time she can recall seeing things this bad for the workers who help put food on our tables.

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