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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mexico Donations Honour Local Farmers

Saugeen Shores | by Claire McCormack  

Museum is taking Red Cross donations for the duration of an exhibit on migrant workers.

Hi-Berry workers “cutting the vine” to open the “Fields of Dreams: Migrant Workers”  

For many, they're a familiar sight on the drive between Southampton and Port Elgin; people working in the fields at Hi-Berry farms on Highway 21.

Saugeen Shores is a seasonal home for migrant workers from Mexico who travel to Bruce County under the Seasonal Farm Workers Program to work at the farm.

From now until November 18th, The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is asking the community for donations for Mexico.

On September 19th, an earthquake shook Central Mexico injuring more than 6,000 people and killing over 300.

Two days later, the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre opened its latest exhibit "Fields of Dreams" which shares the stories of the local migrant workers.

Museum Director Cathy McGirr says the museum community wants to do more to help the people of Mexico, and for a month, the Museum will be accepting monetary donations at Visitor Services.

McGirr says, "Collecting donations for earthquake victims of Mexico while Fields of Dreams is open is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds."

She adds, "Each year these same men travel to Saugeen Shores to work the lands that feed us," says McGirr, calling it a chance to give back to them.

Fields of Dreams is a photography exhibit by photographer and journalist Sandy Lindsay who shares stories the migrant workers have told themselves. It will be open until November 18th.

The exhibit is presented by Community Foundation Grey Bruce and created in partnership with Hi-Berry Farms.

All donations received during this time will be sent to the Red Cross to be used for earthquake relief.

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