The soundtrack of Luis Medellin’s childhood was the sound of the orange and lemon harves
Early mornings, he’d hear the clink of farmworkers setting up tall ladders in the orchards to pick the fruit. On cold nights, giant wind machines would whirr to life, as farmers scrambled to warm up the trees. All day long, trucks would rumble past his house, hauling loads of fresh fruit to one of the nearby packinghouses.
Medellin grew up in Lindsay, a largely Latino town in Tulare County, in the heart of the state’s citrus belt.