road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Thu Dec 13 19:26:39 EST 2007
On Dec 13, 2007, at 4:48 PM, <dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com> wrote:
> Folks, I really hope we have no Mexicans on our list that can read the
> comments about their hygeine.
> "Who of you is without having gone in the orchard, let them say the
Thanks, Dennis. This has been bugging me, but I couldn't think how to
The problem of lack of toilets in large-field operations is real; but
it's got nothing to do with the country of origin of the workers. I
used to pick (and prune, etc.) grapes for a company that shall remain
nameless here, except to say that it's since gotten much larger. They
had some nice new portapotties that they used to lend to the town every
year for an annual grape festival.
The rest of the time those johns sat in the barn with the timeclocks
(which had indoor plumbing). They never went out in the field. Some of
the fields had no toilets; those that did had one ancient wooden
outhouse, often many hundreds of feet from where we were working.
This was years ago, and they were wine grapes. But I doubt that the
attitude has disappeared.
Everyone who worked there was local, most of them for generations. And
none of them/us thought anything of just going behind the nearest
grapevine that was thick enough.
But I am still ticked off about those portapotties. (insert more
appropriate word in exchange for "ticked", if you so choose.) I expect
the town thought that they were put out in the fields when not at the
festival. But no, they were just for the tourists, not for the workers.
We got to look at them, there in the barn where they weren't needed;
but the management couldn't be troubled to put them out where we needed
to use them. And it had nothing to do with where anybody was from.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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