ROBERT WALKER, ERROL BAILEY, HOPETON JOHNSON ON LIFE BETWEEN BLYTH AND JAMAICA
Updated: Sep 20, 2022
Susan Hubbard from Hubbard's Rutabaga Plant joins Robert, Errol, and Hopeton in studio to talk about life between Jamaica and Blyth and the integral role they play in Huron County's agricultural economy.
In the fourth episode of Postcards from Huron County, podcast host Mandy Sinclair chats with Robert Walker, Errol Bailey, Hopeton Johnson, migrant farm workers who spend six months in Huron County before returning to Jamaica. Susan Hubbard from Hubbard’s Rutabaga Plant where the men are employed joins in to share her personal stories and the impact her team has on the family-run agricultural business.
Robert, Errol, and Hopeton share stories about life between two countries, what it life is like in Blyth as a migrant farm worker, and what keeps them coming back each year, for some it has been over thirty years.
When I'm coming to Canada, you know, it's one of my happiest days. The first time I’m going on a plane. You know, that was so exciting for me to come see what a plane ride is. Coming to Hubbard's, I don't know where I was going. But I ended up at Hubbard’s and I never regret. I’m very happy.
- Hopeton Johnston of his arrival in Canada over 15 years ago.
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