Aired on KQED Public Radio's The California Report Magazine Friday, November 5, 2010.
After listening to the story, check out the photo slide show (including historic images loaned by the great folks in Lindsay) and reporter's notebook, where I include more stories about reporting in Lindsay.
Small towns in California face an uncertain future. The economies that created many of them – like logging, or mining – have died or changed. The populations and cultures of those towns have changed. too, which I'll explore in my series: New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California. First up is Lindsay, CA, a Central Valley town of 12,000 built up around olive and citrus groves. Twenty years ago, a state-wide freeze signaled the start of a series of events crippling Lindsay’s economy. But the town forged a new identity, and it’s celebrating its centennial this year.