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Hi-Berry Farm in Saugeen Shores is Looking for Local Workforce

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

At this time the farm will not utilize its migrant workforce because of the pandemic

Hi-Berry Farm in Saugeen Shores is known for its local produce but it's now searching for local workers to employ during the pandemic.

Owner of Hi-Berry Farm, Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau says even though Temporary Foreign Workers can now legally enter Canada, Hi-Berry has decided it would be best to delay bringing its long-time employees in from Mexico for the time being, to make sure they remain safe, as well as the community.

Charbonneau says Hi-Berry is fortunate to be considered an essential business during these abnormal times. 

"We want to operate and grow food in the safest way we can," he says. adding... "and try to give an opportunity of employment to folks who normally wouldn't be unemployed." 

The farm has started looking for able-bodied labourers.

"I wouldn't say we're behind as of yet...still we're quite a ways off from being open and planting."

Charbonneau says it would be too hypothetical to look too far in the future, but would like to find a way for the foreign workers to eventually be employed by the farm.

"We will see where we're at going forward but what we know today is there are folks here that need employment and it's really a tough time to be traveling...and not ideal for our business to see that happen today."

The seasonal positions are full-time; more information can be found on the its Facebook page.

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