Monday, September 07, 2015

Word of the day: truck farm

The word of the day is truck farm:
  1. a farm for the growing of vegetables for the market.

"'If you keep on growing chile peppers, onions, and tomatoes,' he told Villa de Ayala farmers, 'you'll never get out of the state of poverty you've always lived in.  That's why, as I advise you, you have to grow cane...'...

"But most families went on truck farming.  Rather than rehabilitate the hacienda, they obviously preferred to work and trade in foodstuffs that had always seemed the mainstay of the pueblo.  And during the summer they restocked Morelos's district markets with the familiar beans, corn, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, chile peppers, even chickens." 

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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