Central Valley Farmworker Foundation

Read Joe's Story

Joe Garcia grew up in the community of King City, CA, where he worked throughout his childhood in the fertile lands of the Salinas Valley. Joe comes from a family of farm workers who would travel from Texas to California looking for the next crop to harvest. Joe remembers playing with his brother Julian in the fields of Gilroy, CA, while his aunts and uncles picked fruits and vegetables. According to Joe, working in the fields allowed me to value my education, and to never forget the hard work ethic of his fellow farm workers. After completing his general education courses at Hartnell College in Salinas, CA, Joe transferred to Fresno State, where he began his studies in Business Administration with an emphasis in Agriculture. After completing his Bachelor's Degree at Fresno State in 1995, Joe began working for AG Producers, and then as Director of Human Resources for Pandol Brothers Inc. After a successful venture at Pandol, Joe then became a Farm Labor Contractor by starting Jaguar Farm Labor Contracting, Inc, in 2005. Today, Joe is the owner of various companies throughout California, and during peak season, employs over 4,000 farmworkers throughout California.  Joe is also the chairman and founder of the California Farmworker Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to serve and support Central Valley farmworkers by providing programs and services to better their quality of life. Currently, Joe resides with his family in Tulare, CA, and is heavily involved in his children's academic and sports activities.