John Oliver’s main story this week shed a light on the plight of many modern farm workers and the rough conditions and harsh treatment that many endure on farms. Thank you, John, for shedding some light on this troubling topic. In case you didn’t see the segment, I’ve posted it below:
We are a small family operation and have not had very many employees over the years, but sometimes we have needed an extra set of hands. When we have hired employees, we have always worked alongside them and never asked them to do any jobs we wouldn’t do ourselves. We take every precaution to make sure everyone is safe and happy. We provide wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and sun shirts when it is hot, and insulated overalls and jackets when it is cold. We provide a climate-controlled break room and a real bathroom with running water. We have first aid supplies available 24/7. We treat everyone with respect and pay them FAR above minimum wage. We are proud to pay all our payroll taxes, and we supply workers compensation insurance (we have had zero claims). Groundworks really is a great place to work. I wish every farm was a great place to work – sadly this isn’t the case. Groundworks is your cruelty-free produce connection.