Alvaro Huerta, a professor of urban and regional planning and of ethnic and women’s studies, says that the state’s drought is negatively affecting many of the gardeners in Southern California. “Policymakers and the people in charge of water departments are not consulting with the gardeners,” he says. “They’re not seeing what the negative impact is on them. They’re pretty much invisible. It’s an invisible work force that everyone depends on.”
This article appeared on Al Jazeera on May 25, 2015.