At our monthly meeting, in November, we look forward to hearing from Erik Wilson, the co-founder of the My Job Depends On Ag movement. What started as a simple Facebook group in 2016, has almost 85,000 members today. This grassroots effort is to show how many people’s lives are related, connected and, most importantly, dependent on agriculture. The movement educates and informs the public with articles, stories, images and more, directly from farmers, ranchers and other agricultural support businesses, whose daily lives – and livelihoods – are affected every day by agriculture in this country.
Before our meeting, I would like to encourage you to watch a four part documentary series, Tapped Out: The History and Battle over Water in California's San Joaquin Valley. This documentary first aired in 2017 on Valley PBS. Tapped Out is presented in three one-hour episodes with a final hour long forum on water that bring together all sides of the issue for a thoughtful discussion and look at the future.
The series examines the history of water in California from the first settlers who relied on the rivers, to the farmers who began to access the groundwater and the population explosion in urban centers that created new demand for water in the state.
Providing a historical prospective, Tapped Out lays bare the battle lines that developed over decades between agriculture, environmentalism and cities as everyone laid claim to our most precious and limited resource.