But in 2008, their world imploded.
Mr. Rojas crashed his car into a tree. He survived, but his left leg, crushed during the collision, had to be amputated below the knee. Since then, he has been using a donated prosthetic and crutches, which give him limited mobility.
Overnight, his wife became the family’s main breadwinner.
Mr. Rojas affixes his prosthetic to his thigh each morning and drives to the tomato fields, but he usually whiles away the hours in his pickup truck while his wife weeds, thins and ties tomato plants to stakes, handling machetes and shovels.