Inside Look at Immigrant Farm Work - NECN

Inside Look at Immigrant Farm Work



    The debate over immigration and jobs may come down to work that no one else is willing to do (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    (NECN/NBC: Mike Anderson) - The often heated debate over whether immigrants, documented or not, are taking American jobs may come down to work that no one else is willing to do.

    At Favero Farm, the work starts at 7 a.m., There are no sick days or paid vacations, and time is often spent outside, regardless of the weather.

    "Rain or shine, these guys usually show up to work," said Tom Favero, the owner of the farm.

    Especially in the summer, hot conditions can make hard work even more brutal. But Favero added that his employees have a knack for what they do.

    "Like anybody else is trained for a computer, or anything else, these guys are trained to do field work," he said. "And there's a talent to doing field work."

    With that hard work comes a certain degree of pride. Dario Beleciana is a husband and father of two, and working at Favero Farm has been his only job in the United States.

    He said he's been working there for about ten years and, while the work is hard, he enjoys it.

    "We come here to find a better kind of life, you know, and just to work," he said.

    At between $8 and $11 per hour, Favero said this is a work force that keeps his business afloat and helps put food on all of our tables.

    "The agriculture community does need this kind of help. We need people that are ready to work, and dedicated to stay to the job," Favero said.

    Watch the attached video for more.