rows of lettuce. By Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Coachella Valley is known for splendor with its hipster music festival and grand resorts, but in another part of the valley thousands of migrant farmworkers harvest crops for the nation while living in dilapidated conditions.

Photographer Noé Montes spent two years traveling the valley to document the lives of some of the farmworkers, including activists and advocates, living in the community. For Montes, the story is personal. Growing up in a family of migrant farmworkers, he recounts a childhood of constantly moving, following the harvest.

Montes hopes that those who view his photos will begin to have a different view of the community.

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