Reclaimed Farm Land in the Coachella Valley

Below is a photo of flourishing corn crops in the Imperial Valley in 1946. Thanks to the All-American Canal, areas that were once barren were able to be reclaimed as farmland because of the steady water supply the canal provides.

Photos like this, as well as other farming related documents in the All-American Canal collection could be used by students to learn more about the always evolving farming communities in the Imperial Valley. They could learn not only what kinds of products were grown in the area, but how production increased and changed based on the various stages of completion of the Canal. Students can also learn about what kinds of produce were grown in the region. Students could even work with local farms to see if the produce grown in the area is still the same today!
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NARA Series: All-American Canal Project Histories, 1948-1954. Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826-2009. National Archives Identifier: 2292770