Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Committee Chair

Kathleen Barlow

Second Committee Member

Nancy Hultquist

Third Committee Member

Karen Blair


This study collected oral histories of those who lived or worked in the Moxee Valley, within the greater Yakima Valley of Washington State from 1915-1950. It documents and records the historical and cultural processes of farm life and its evolution for people living in this foremost hop-growing region of the United States. The larger goal is to characterize the community and social processes for use as primary source documentation to create historically accurate programs at the Gendron Hop Ranch-Living History Farm near Moxee. Nineteen participants were interviewed. Topics addressed in the study include farming in the Valley, the household, roles and work, the community and hop harvest. To date, no other study has collected this history.