Documenting migrant farm workers in the Nebraska Panhandle

Readying to Leave

Photos by Alex Matzke

The Gomez family once split their time between Mexico and a smattering of states where they worked in agriculture. 2010 was the first time they spent the entire year in Alliance, Nebraska, spurred by the need for their children to have a more consistent educational experience.

A family wedding in Mexico, not a return from migrant labor, was the reason for this trek. The family packed and began a BBQ in anticipation of Eddie—who will stay behind and continue working—to return that evening from driving truck.

Gomez speaks with Santos Jr. (left) before departure. As night fell, Eddie returned and work moved from BBQ to last-minute preparations for the semi-truck.

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