<p>Guatemalan men load bananas at a United Fruit Company farm in 1926. By 1930, United Fruit Company was the largest employer in Central America. Today, it’s known as Chiquita Brands International.</p>

Banana Republic

Guatemalan men load bananas at a United Fruit Company farm in 1926. By 1930, United Fruit Company was the largest employer in Central America. Today, it’s known as Chiquita Brands International.

Photograph by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic

Fruits of Our Labor: 15 Pictures of Fall Harvest

To celebrate autumn's arrival, enjoy our bounty of archival photographs of farmers bringing in their crops.

As summer turns to fall in the Northern Hemisphere, many farmers turn their efforts to harvesting the crops they’ve worked all year to cultivate. Traditionally, it’s a time of joy and celebration of hard work.

Henry David Thoreau participated in this ancient ritual when he harvested his bean plants while living at Walden Pond. “Live in each season as it passes,” he wrote. “Breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

If you can’t get out to the fields and get your hands dirty, you can still “resign yourself to the influence” of our photo archives. We’ve got a fine crop of pictures from around the world to help you fully enjoy the harvest season.

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