With its high concentration of the kind of farming that requires hands-on care -- fruit and fresh veggies instead of fields of grain -- British Columbia agriculture relies on temporary workers. Many are migrant guest workers coming from poorer countries to do the hardest jobs on B.C. farms. Similar seasonal workers in the United States tell tales of near slavery. Are workers here getting the same dirty deal?
In This Series
Who are BC's guest growers, and what do they need to succeed? First in a Tyee reader-funded series.
The waiting list to work in the fields and hothouses of this province is long. Second in a reader-funded series.
BC farmers fending off organizers have two cards to play: decent conditions, and the power to blacklist workers.
Away from fields, the UFCW finds other ways to connect with temporary farm workers. Its support offices buzz.
We asked BC's temp farm workers what they'd improve. Their answers may surprise. Last in a reader-funded series.