With business up, local strawberry farm hires workers who were recently unemployed
Local strawberry farms have been making changes because of the pandemic. Farmers we spoke with say after the initial unknowns, business has picked back up. The owner of Phillips Farms in Cary was concerned about getting the strawberries picked in time. He decided to bring in people who had recently become unemployed... to help harvest the crop.
BETWEEN THE TOWN AND THE GOVERNMENT, LIMITING NUMBERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEARING MASKS.>>> STRAWBERRY FARMS, MAKING CHANGES BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, FARMERS WE SPOKE WITH SAY THAT AFTER INITIAL UNKNOWNS, BUSINESS HAS PICKED UP, THE OWNER OF PHILLIPS FARMS AT KERRY, WAS CONCERNED ABOUT PICKING STRAWBERRIES IN TIME, HE HAS HIRED PEOPLE RECENTLY UNEMPLOYED. >> A GOOD EXPERIENCE AND FEEL, I MET NEW PEOPLE, THEY THANKED ME AND I THINK THEM FOR THEM GETTING A PAYCHECK AND THEM HELPING ME TO PICK THE BERRIES, OVERALL IT HAS BEEN A GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH ALL THE NEGATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON. >> OTHER FARMS IN THE AREA HAVE MADE SIMILAR CHANGES, PHILLIPS