GLOBAL ECONOMY

California drought crippling gardening jobs
Homeowners in California are ripping out their once green turfs to replace them with drought-tolerant plants, gravel, and shrubs –– making gardeners uncertain about their future.
http://www.foxnews.com/">Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/

landscape_drought_latino

More than 73 percent of workers in the landscape industry in California are Hispanic, according to a report in the US Chamber of Commerce 2011 by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR).
(Marcia Facundo)

garden_latinos

Retired Department of Motor Vehicle customer service representative Raymond Aleman waters his new drought resistant garden at his home in the Studio City neighborhood in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought with homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

garden_latinos_3

FILE- In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Denise Hurst shows her drought-tolerant garden she planted with the help of a city program that offers rebates of $3.50 per square foot for residents who tear up their water-guzzling lawns and plant drought-resistant plants that require little to no watering in Long Beach, Calif. A cash-for-grass program is proving so popular during California's drought that a water wholesaler is considering boosting the budget for turf replacement rebates. Board members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will meet Tuesday, May 26, 2015, to discuss adding $350 million to its lawn rebate program. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

landscape_latino_drought

Southern California's landscape is changing. Bushes, gravel and mulch are placing the once green grass lawns.
(Marcia Facundo)

garden_latinos_4

This May 19, 2015, photo provided by Solvej Schou shows a Pasadena, Calif., front yard and parkway median landscaped in November 2014 with drought tolerant trees, shrubs, plants and mulch by Pasadena, Calif.-based Green Splendor Landscaping. The homeowner used a water conservation rebate that covers the removal of front lawn grass turf. (Solvej Schou via AP)

drought_latinos_2

Retired Department of Motor Vehicle customer service representative Raymond Aleman sits with his Chihuahua dogs: Justin and Jason, at his drought resistant garden in the Studio City neighborhood in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 27, 2015. A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought with homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

landscape_drought_2

Bernie Velasquez feels uncertain about his future as a gardener in Orange County, California.
(Marcia Facundo)

California drought crippling gardening jobs

Homeowners in California are ripping out their once green turfs to replace them with drought-tolerant plants, gravel, and shrubs –– making gardeners uncertain about their future.

More From Our Sponsors