We proudly display giant sculptures by local artist John Cerney, who was assisted on occasion by Dong Sun Kim.
These sculptures are a tribute to the hard-working people employed in the farming community of the Salinas Valley. Without them, our country would not be blessed with such abundance.
If you visit The Farm, you’ll notice an ensemble sculpture of four figures next to the produce stand. The sculpture depicts men harvesting iceberg lettuce. The man standing is a foreman with a weight scale. He insures quality and directs work flow. He occasionally weighs a box to keep box weights at a desired level. The two men with knives are trimmers. Their job is to select and cut suitable heads of lettuce. The man bending over the Bunny box is a packer. He picks up lettuce cut by the trimmers and packs them into the box, three at a time and twenty-four per box. Two trimmers and one packer typically work as a team (known as a trio) in packing lettuce.
Moving away from the stand, we next encounter two more figures. The kneeling man, holding a handful of dirt, is the farmer. It is his job to oversee the entire farming operation, from planting to water, fertilizer and pest control. He must coordinate everyone’s work and thus communicate with all employees, outside service providers, government inspectors and regulators, buyers and sellers. More than anyone, he has to know how to do everything to insure that all aspects of his complex and fast-paced farming business are in order.