By Brian Todd, The Associated Press
Joel has returned to Featherstone Farms just west of Rushford, Minnesota, for seven years now.
A native of the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Joel — he pronounces it “HO-el” — sees each trip north as an opportunity.
“It’s a better future than in Mexico,” Joel said through his translator and boss, Nathan Manfull.
Joel explained how he and his fellow H-2A visa workers from central Mexico have jobs — some have their own farms, a few work in factories — back home, but the pay as an H-2A worker makes the trip worthwhile.
“They can make a year’s living in six months,” said Todd Bram, business director for Featherstone Farms. “They come here to make money and leave. They are fast pickers and harvesters. They’re eager to work.”
And without them, Featherstone Farms’ vegetables would mostly rot in the field.
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