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Title: Aggie Sol: Modular Housing for Farmworkers


This report yields results of the project and associated activities.

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  1. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
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Ryan, Tom, and Loge, Frank. Aggie Sol: Modular Housing for Farmworkers. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1342475.
Ryan, Tom, & Loge, Frank. Aggie Sol: Modular Housing for Farmworkers. United States. doi:10.2172/1342475.
Ryan, Tom, and Loge, Frank. 2016. "Aggie Sol: Modular Housing for Farmworkers". United States. doi:10.2172/1342475.
title = {Aggie Sol: Modular Housing for Farmworkers},
author = {Ryan, Tom and Loge, Frank},
abstractNote = {This report yields results of the project and associated activities.},
doi = {10.2172/1342475},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 6

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