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Harvesting the bounty: Historic images of Lodi agriculture

By 1900, farmers were turning to tree fruit and grapes as their crop of choice. Tree fruit such as plums and peaches flourished in northern San Joaquin County. As more farmers turned to fruit production, another industry of packing and shipping fresh fruit grew in Lodi. Packing sheds were built along railroad tracks at station stops and at the farms. This early 1900s photograph shows the Buck packing shed. The typical division of labor is shown where women and girls packed plums while boys lifted the lug boxes and men nailed the shipping crates.

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