Forestiere's Underground Gardens

Baldassare Forestiere emigrated from Italy to become a citrus farmer in California. Sadly, the land he purchased near Fresno was not useful for agriculture with the technology of the day because of the soil type, San Joaquin hardpan.

Instead of farming, he spent his life digging tunnels by hand for his own amusement. They helped keep him occupied when home from his day job, which was digging ditches. He planted numerous fruit bearing trees in open air rooms throughout his ten-acre complex, and strolling through it is quite pleasant.


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