Migrant Workers: A Part of Our Community

Episode 7 March 23, 2021 00:40:21
Migrant Workers: A Part of Our Community
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Migrant Workers: A Part of Our Community
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Show Notes

On this episode of The Back 40 we are joined by Jennifer Pfenning who is a co-owner and operator of Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables, a 700 acre farm just outside of New Hamburg, Ontario.  Their family has been farming in the area since 1981 and has farming roots that date back over 400 years!  As Pfenning’s grew they shifted from solely grain farming to vegetables which requires a lot more labour.  They have developed strong relationships with their workers, who have come solely from Jamaica and truly believe that they are integral to the success of their operation.  Jenn joins us to discuss the challenges that their farm has faced over the last year and the challenges that many foreign workers face coming to Ontario.    

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