Migrant camp churns as apple pickers arrive

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Posted: September 13, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ricardo Eaton is a farm owner in Jamaica who grows cash crops and is now earning extra money as an apple picker for Fruit Hill Orchards this harvest season. He is staying at the migrant camp on Fairmont Avenue. It is his first time picking in Winchester. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Carol Bernard (left) and Jennifer Ricketts of Jamaica prepare a dinner of stir-fry cabbage for workers at the labor camp on Fairmont Avenue.
ABOVE: William “Castro” Baker, 82, is the manager at the migrant worker camp on Fairmont Avenue. This is his 50th year in Winchester during the apple harvest season. A former apple picker, he now wakes up the workforce at 5 a.m. and cleans the camp. Originally from Jamaica, he now resides in Orlando, Fla. JEFF TAYLOR 9/9/13. JEFF TAYLOR 9/9/13.
Cindy Burke has managed the migrant camp for six years.

WINCHESTER — With a baby coming in November, Ricardo Eaton plans to work as hard and as much as he can over the next few weeks to bring in extra money for his growing family.

The 33-year-old…

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