Richard Hagopian’s family was one of thousands that escaped the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s and forged a new path in the fertile San Joaquin Valley.
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* This is the fifth in SJV Water’s series of videos called “Rooted in the Valley,” featuring small family farmers who continue to work the land in spite of all the challenges they face – especially water.
See previous videos here:
PAUL LEE – He is second-generation Hmong farmer working to keep his parents’ legacy alive.
WILL SCOTT – He’s working to instill the love and mission of farming in young Black people.
LISET GARCIA – An injury brought her back to Reedley where farming helped her heal.
HARRY BRAR – From India to Selma, farming is a way of life.