Indians Work The Fields
Richmond is known throughout the region, as a farming community. In the U.S., you usually see Mexican immigrants working in the fields, here, you see people from India. Driving through the Richmond countryside, we saw dozens of Indians, mostly women, working in the fields. Many of these Indian immigrants are from poorer families, and never had a chance to receive a high education. They cannot find jobs, so this is their only option.
My cousin explained to me that a bus drives around and picks them up at their houses. They than bring them to the field where they pick stuff all day, than they drive them back to their houses. There was even one from the neighborhood I was staying in. They don't make that much money, but it's always something. It's kind of sad that in a country like Canada they have to do this backbreaking job to make a living, but if they didn't do it, someone else would have to. At least they're making an honest living.
Hopefully someday they will be able to find some better work, and create the life that they came here for.
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Picking blackberries in August
Wild blackberries grow in abundance in rural parts of Richmond, especially along the dyke trails that follow along the Fraser River. In August the berries ripen and are available for picking. It's not abnormal to see people picking bucket loads of blackberries along the side of roads or along the trails. As long as the blackberries aren't growing on private property, anybody is allowed to pick them. Just be aware that the blackberries grow into gigantic bushes and they're covered in very large thorns. If you plan to pick blackberries, wear long sleeves!
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