Maine's resource-based economy depends on a flexible workforce. Summer demand for labor far exceeds available workers. The gap is filled by migrant workers taking jobs from waiting tables to raking blueberries.
Migrant farm workers travel from every direction for the intense blueberry harvest season from mid-July to late August. They speak different languages, have different cultural norms, but most face challenging economic situations.
Join us for a dialogue about migration, migrant work and health in Maine. We'll look at the impact of work conditions, unstable residence, rural isolation and other environmenal conditions on worker health. We'll learn about programs created to serve the migrant workers and their families. We'll also learn about how some migrant workers have chosen to settle in Maine.
We invite your calls and email with questions