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Video: A New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California

Throughout the state of California, small town industries like fishing, mining, and agriculture are quickly becoming a thing of the past. As competition stiffens and resources diminish, how will these communities survive?

This series of short radio documentaries produced by Lisa Moorehouse and Kym Kemp and edited by Deborah George and broadcast on The California Report, explores how shifts in industry and population impact the identity, culture, economy, and even language of small towns across the state. By reflecting small town diversity—racial, economic, linguistic, political—the documentaries challenge perceptions of rural populations and help listeners consider how small towns reflect our history and our future. Dive into Boonville and California’s past and present with this excerpt from the series. (Then brush up on your Boontling before the dialect disappears!)

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