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Helen Thorpe: Fruits of Their Labor

The story of seasonal workers on the Western Slope

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Chautauqua Community House
Doors: 6:30 pm
Showtime: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*

The local economy of fruit growing on the Western Slope depends upon seasonal labor. In recent years, many orchard owners have been relying upon the H-2A Visa program because of a severe shortage of domestic farm labor. This means that men are traveling from Mexico and Honduras in other countries in Central America to do the work of picking peaches in Palisade and other kinds of fruit grown in the area. Helen Thorpe spent many months documenting this work, which became the subject of a cover story she published in Westword, where she shares her insights on the subject.

About the Speaker:  
Helen Thorpe was born in London to Irish parents. She is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword and 5280 Magazine.

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