From Field to Fork: A reporter experiences farm work
The St. Bonaventure University will welcome agriculture reporter Tom Rivers to campus to share what he learned firsthand about working conditions facing migrant farm laborers in Western New York.
Rivers will present “From Field to Fork: A Reporter Experiences Farm Work” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. The public is invited. Rivers will share his experiences working with farm workers at 13 Western New York farms in 2008. He planted onions, milked cows and harvested fruits and vegetables with workers from Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti.
Rivers, who covers agriculture and other community issues for The Daily News in Batavia, wrote a first-person series about farm work that won state and national awards. The farm labor series was later adapted to a book, “Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields.”
More on this event is available at Batavia reporter to share firsthand experience of working on Western New York farms on SBU.edu