Worker Housing

Worker Housing | Pateros, WA | 2017

Orchard workers I’ve known have been resigned to living in close quarters with fellow fruit pickers. Not luxurious digs, but not dirty and dilapidated either. (Although some must certainly be subpar.) A roof, a bed, communal bathrooms and heat on chilly autumn mornings are all that many require. “We’re here for the work,” one veteran picker told me years ago. “When it’s done, we’re gone.” The next job, the next bunk, awaits.