Bob was a founder of California Rural Legal Assistance, more than 45 years ago. He lived in Salinas for several years and worked on the legal issues of immigrant farmworkers. Most of what he saw was hard work, low pay and difficult working conditions ( yes, Cesar Chavez was an arrogant self centered martyr, who was no help).
What I saw, and what I showed him in a photo, was a strawberry farm with a tractor pulling a mobile 35 foot table covered with an awning. On the table were boxes of the final strawberry product that you see in the grocery store.
The workers were picking the strawberries and putting them directly into the final retail boxes and moving slowly with the tractor in the shade. They were bending over but the distance from the strawberry to the box was less than 3 feet.
We saw the same harvesting practices with other crops including brussels sprouts.
The highways adjacent to these farms had dozens and dozens of cars parked on the side of the road. The workers cars were almost always newer than the one I'm driving and in better shape.
The chemical toilets and handwashing stations were ubiquitous.
This appears to be the modern environment of farmworkers. A far cry from the political images that led to the creation of the California Rural Legal Assistance.