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The Forestiere Underground Gardens

Tucked away on the west side of Fresno is what is called an "underground garden", but don't be fooled. This is the life's work of a migrant worker, who dug out a massive 10 acre structure of traditional rooms, connecting corridors and open citrus-housing rooms.

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Playing on the grapevine

The chibibibis love natury things!

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Playing in the underbrush

They're pretty well hidden, see if you can spot them

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Grapes in potentio

The gardens grow citrus, and grape.

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The main reception hall

The roof is actually a retired air hangar's roof. Rather than scrapping it, one of the descendents just went "I'll take it" - "the hangar?" - "no, just the roof, thanks".

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The view from the reception

Your first (well, maybe second) view into the underground structure before your tour begins.

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We weren't allowed to pick any fruit T_T

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This used to have a much bigger tree, but it got damaged; the tree's "pot" is standing under one of the many ground openings, so when it rains the rainwater runs down the skylight, straight into the pot.

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Classic tools

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An indoor well

Because even if you live underground, the water's deeper still.

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Citrus Skylight

The benefit of these skylights, and there are many, is so that lots of citrus can grow "below ground" while getting tons of sunlight. And you can pick fruit at ground level.

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It's like a compact Italian village

But then 4 to 5 meters below ground level!

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The doorbell

Back in the day, this was the doorbell. You'd ring it, and you'd be able to hear it anywhere underground as well as on the plot above ground.

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The pantry

Upside of being underground: it's nice and cool.

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The kitchen

So ... um.. hmm, cozy? I'm not sure. Then again, this was back in the day when electricity was just getting invented.

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An open air bath

Because hell yeah? Why wouldn't you have an open air bath tub?

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Many "rooms" have full ceiling skylights. It's quite lovely

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The bedroom(s)

This is the summer bedroom, close to an open space (still underground, mind). The winter room was to the right, with a door, and had the fireplace located on the other side of the bedroom wall.

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Not all skylights are open

Most covers, however, are new.

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