SEEDS OF CHANGE
In this three-part series for WMUK (the NPR station for Southwest Michigan), I looked at the changing face of migrant labor in Michigan, and why a new trend toward foreign labor was hurting some of the domestic workers who were already in the state.
In the first part of our series, we looked at the trends that were bringing many children of farmworkers away from Michigan's migrant fields -- and their challenge of integrating into this new society.
This story looked at why more Michigan farmers were bringing in new foreign labor -- through the federal H-2A visa system -- and how the new system was already hurting many domestic farm workers.
In this story, we followed the story of many former farm workers. Long discriminated by predatory loan companies, many were now buying their own farms to launch their own, Hispanic-owned businesses across the state.