Avocado Trees

My dad's baby avocado plants
My dad's baby avocado plants

 Everything starts when my dad was raised on his family’s ranch in Oaxaca, Mexico. He grew up loving agriculture, farms, plants and trees but because of lack of money, he decided to move to the United States. His first job was pinching oranges in Florida. He was close to what he liked but decided to leave the orchards. It was so much work and only a little bit of money. But he continued to miss the life of the ranch and agriculture and the absence of him parents so he decided to buy a piece of land in Mexico. His goal was to plant an avocado as soon as he arrived at this land since this plant was very significant for him and his family. He said, “The taco did not always have meat, but the avocado was never missing in our tacos.” But after my dad bought the land, my family had economic problems and it was not possible to plant any avocado trees. Two years ago, I came to the United States to study, work, and go to high school.  I managed to save up a little money.  My dad used that money and the money he saved to start buying avocado trees.  We need to leave a legacy and something that is our support when we are old.  We barely have 200 plants this year but we are looking for more. This is our dream. 

Place(s): Oaxaca, Mexico, Washington State
Year: 2019

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Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child