I was concerned about the shortage of farm workers after hearing their pleas for help a month ago. Then I thought about the number of people on CERB or of those not finding work. So I phoned up a blueberry farm and thought that I could give the picking a try. I am terribly slow. I think everyone else picks two to four pails to my one. But I like the challenge. So far they haven’t asked me to leave!
After picking for over a week I think I can throw out a challenge for students or former employed people to find where they can help.
I am so impressed with the hard work and hours that these employees do. I also am impressed with the kindness and respect shown to me by them and my bosses.
When I think about the work being done I think these workers have a place of great importance too, not like frontline workers who save lives, but in preserving and promoting our local economy. Hats off to them.
I am at Meadow Berry Farms in Pitt Meadows. I like it a lot and I am 75.
Adel Yazura, Coquitlam