Norfolk County students are filling the ever-growing positions in agriculture as other summer jobs become obsolete.
The same students that were waitressing or working at summer camps last year have had to look at other venues for employment as those jobs became unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While other jobs are being laid off, more and more positions are opening up at local farms.
This year the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs had nearly 55,000 applications for their summer employment opportunity jobs, compared to the 52,000 in 2019.
“With everyone in society there’s been a lot of change, and we’re impacted as well,” said Sarah Judd, owner of the Meadow Lynn Market Garden. “We’re still an essential service and we need to keep producing food. I feel as a farmer I have a moral obligation to produce food.”
Judd said they have seen an increase in people wanting to purchase local produce.