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Title: Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview I
Narrator: Eiichi Edward Sakauye
Interviewer: Wendy Hanamura
Location: San Jose, California
Date: May 14, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-seiichi-02-0009

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ES: That concludes the, one part. Now, the second part, lot of people wanted to see our agriculture program. This is a separate series showing where we were living in relation to our agriculture program. We grew all the seeds in the seed catalog except Carter's peanuts. There was thirty blocks in camp.

Here you can see the topography of the land where we were supposed to raise crops. That's Assistant Farm Superintendent, and this is one of the helpers. This shows the hotbed area, growing peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, so that we can get them out in the field. 'Cause we only have 109 growing days, and if we don't get a crop to harvest in 109 days, the frost or freeze will get it. So they grow these plants in the hot frame. The experienced group of farmers are from Wapato, Washington, where the climate is almost similar to where we are staying in Heart Mountain, Wyoming. These are the Isseis who had farmed in Washington, very experienced.

This is the tilling of the barren land. Of course, the ground has never been tilled, so we grew some cover crop in order to equalize the fertility of the soil, and the texture of the soil. These equipment were used by CCC camp, the old plow, you could see there were plows that needed repairing, and we had mechanics in the camp, and blacksmiths that repaired these plows. As my assistant superintendent, Alden S. Ingraham.

WH: What was your role?

ES: My role was, after James Ito left for private employment, I became the statistician to Assistant Farm Superintendent.

This is Dr. and Mrs. Smith, one of the Methodist minister.

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