One can’t live in California for very long without realizing that a vast portion of the state is all about agriculture. An estimated 300 to 400 different crops and agricultural products are created, grown and tended in California; and it is the world’s fifth largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities.
Starrs and Goin have created a sort of encyclopedia of California agriculture by including sections on the individual products, regions, growing times and most interestingly, the history and people of agriculture. There is a vast amount of information to digest with growing dates, ranks, Latin nomenclature, the history of how each product came to California, and the accompanying pictures tell the very colorful story.
However, this is not a traditional field guide. If the reader is looking for a book that is going to help him or her identify crops as they are flying along Interstate 5, like a bird guide will help you identify birds flying over your car, this is not the book. It will leave you with a better understanding of what makes California a contender in the world’s economy and a grasp of what those vast fields mean to all of us.
Field Guide to California Agriculture by Paul F. Starrs and Peter Goin