Migrant workers end another season in Northumberland during COVID

Migrant workers support

Two migrant workers leave Horizons of Friendship after receiving food and personal items to help support them as they work on local farms. Courtesy of Horizons of Friendship.

The show:

The full interview with bonus material:

Every year anywhere from 100 to 300 migrant workers come to Northumberland to work on about 23 local farms. They arrive from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They supply a labour force to do many hard physical jobs, like picking fruits and vegetables. And for those who follow their work, these people are essential to our local economy.

Migrant workers are wrapping up their season. So, it was an excellent opportunity to check in with Daniel Quesada, the community outreach officer for Horizons of Friendship. His job is to monitor migrant workers in Northumberland by talking to them, providing support services, and advocating for them while they are here. He will update us on how this season went in the face of the second season during the pandemic. Here is that interview.

Originally aired: October 8, 2021


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