When a new farmer is forced to leave his land
The White Flower Farm, in rural Victoria, has become a destination for many in the community.
Many who live on the farm say it’s a place where they can gather and meet others who share their views.
The farm is home to about 100 members of the community, most of them migrant farmworkers who arrive on a weekly basis to harvest their crops.
Many of them are not from the area where they grew up.
But they say they can’t help but see the farm as a community.
“I think that if we all work together, it’ll be a stronger community,” said Laura, a young woman who lives with her husband and two young sons.
“It’s been very good to see them here.”
A lot of people who grew up here are leaving The farm has been home to many for years, but there are now growing concerns about what the community is facing.
“A lot of young people have left the farm because of some of the negative aspects of what’s happening in the province,” said Joanne.
“In the last year, there has been a lot of vandalism.
It’s not just a small number of people, it’s almost everybody.”
It’s also a growing issue for local residents who say they’ve had to adapt to a growing number of foreign workers.
Joanne said some have become depressed because they have to work for very little pay, and it has been tough for many of them.
“The biggest thing is, people don’t understand what the difference is,” she said.
“Some of them, they don’t even know what they’re talking about, they’re just looking for a place to come.”
Many migrant workers are returning to the community in search of work, but some say they’re concerned about their safety.
“We’re here because we want to have a good life here,” said Rosario.
“But when they’re leaving, we’re worried about what they are doing with our land.”
The government is trying to address the issue, but said it is too early to say if they’ll be able to address it.
“For now, it is not clear that it’s going to be able or will be able,” said Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Teresa Redfern.
“However, we will continue to work closely with local communities to support and promote this kind of work.”
Rosario said he hopes he can continue to earn enough money to help support his family, and hopes to have more time to finish his work.
With files from the Canadian Press.