Les Rice farmed an apple orchard in New York.
"Les Rice served as president of the Ulster County chapter of the Farmers Union. Pete Seeger wrote of him, ‘[Rice] farmed across the Hudson from me, near Newburgh [Orange County, New York]. Like most small farmers, he was getting intolerably squeezed by the big companies which sold him all his fertilizer, insecticide and equipment, and the big companies that dictated to him the prices he would get for his produce. Out of that squeeze [1948-1949] came this song [Banks of Marble].’"