Trimming 5 years
Returns to Hayfork every year
Works two or three months
Earns at least $10,000 a season
Earns $200-$300 daily
Works 14 or 15 hour days
How did you get started trimming?
I had a friend who came here (Hayfork) before and I picked cherries with him in B.C. (British Columbia) and he was the one who told me there was work around here. I just went to the coffee shop and talked to people and then ended up finding one job that took me to another job. I work two or three places every year. Might be more this year. I also do fruit picking, mostly seasonal work. All the fruit picking is in Canada, in B.C. (British Columbia), Quebec, and here. I did cherry picking from the end of June to the end of August, then after I added grape picking. Table grapes, then wine grapes. Then after I come down here.
What would you be doing if you weren’t trimming?
Hmmm, that’s a good question. Hmmm, how can I answer? I don’t know? I would be doing something else for sure, but I don’t know. It’s been really great that I found this, because I don’t know what I would be doing. I would be doing some kind of work.
I don’t know, some people say I’m a gypsy. But it’s not the word I would use. Yeah, I guess–transitory. Yeah, I’m always in transit, I never know what I’m going to be doing.
Why do you choose this lifestyle?
Why do I do it? Well, the first time is because I wanted to see B.C. and learn English, then I just got addicted and kept doing it. Always being on the move. I like moving. You always meet new interesting people that live like you. Sometimes that takes you somewhere else to travel. It feels like it’s always new. Yes. Traveling you meet a lot of people like that. Most of the people you see here (in Hayfork) live in the same way, it’s like their roots, they come here every fall.
I like moving. You always meet new interesting people that live like you. Sometimes that takes you somewhere else to travel. It feels like it’s always new.
How would you feel about living in one place and having one steady job?
I’m wondering that, because sometimes I kind of feel like I run myself down and it’s starting to stress me not knowing where to go. But it’s scary because I have never done it. Like I would like to go to school but it’s a three year program and I’m not sure. I don’t want to start and then not finish.
As I get older I am getting more insecure. Before it didn’t (always) make me insecure. Maybe I need more roots. It stresses me out, in the last minute I have to decide what to do, and I have to make decisions in the moment and it’s hard. It is always a lot of choices you can take, I feel like sometimes I make a decision, but I’m not sure it was the good decision. There’s always so many options, when I make a decision I am not sure. With this lifestyle I have I always have so many options.
As I get older I am getting more insecure. Before it didn’t (always) make me insecure. Maybe I need more roots. It stresses me out, in the last minute I have to decide what to do, and I have to make decisions in the moment and it’s hard.
Like this winter I can stay quiet and work in Quebec all winter, but I would like to go to Spain, so I would like to make a decision. Do I stay in Quebec and save money to maybe go to school? Or do I travel? You always learn from a travel.
Do you worry about being able to retire and have health care?
Oh boy, sometimes it crosses my mind, yeah. When I go to my family they ask about that sometimes. I don’t think I’ll have a retirement. Obviously, I’ll have to figure it out when I get there. I don’t know, I don’t think about that but I guess I should. Like getting myself insured. My mom tells me ‘what kind of answer is that?’ I don’t know, I’m not planning to die. But I don’t have the lifestyle that goes…like insurance and blah, blah, blah, retirement plans.