Trancito Perez was working in a New Jersey factory in 1975 when he asked a friend where he might find a job on a farm.
Perez had spent his childhood growing corn and beans with his father in his hometown of San Raymundo, Guatemala. After a year crisscrossing the United States, he longed to work in the open air.
“Long Island,” the friend said. So Perez went, settling in the Riverhead area on Long Island’s North Fork.