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Opinion Editorial 2020 apple crop in jeopardy without essential workers on farm By Brian Gilroy

 

March 27, 2020
Opinion Editorial
2020 apple crop in jeopardy without essential workers on farm By Brian Gilroy

By Ontario standards, I have a relatively small apple orchard. I grow about a dozen different varieties on 25 acres of land that looks over beautiful Georgian Bay. Even on my small acreage though, my trees produce about half a million pounds of apples annually in an average year.

Each year, I’m assisted from spring to fall by two talented employees who travel to Canada from Jamaica through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program. Another four employees travel here each fall to help with apple harvest.

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