Title

1985 was a bumper crop for Maine's wild blueberry barrens. Market forces will d

Source

Salt

Date

11-1985

Volume Number

Number 26

Pages

3, 17, 26, 29

Abstract

1985 was a bumper crop for Maine's wild blueberry barrens. Market forces will demand a mechanized harvest by 1990, displacing 50 to 75 percent of the men and women who have lived their lives in fealty to the old ways of harvesting. Migrant workers live in company housing camps. Workers profiled include Micmac Indian Jim Knockwood; Burleigh Crane, who invented controlled burns on the barrens, innovated the selective weed killer Valpar, and started using bees for pollination; crew manager Hillman Foss; picker Clarence Bagley; Passamaquoddy tribal housing commissioner Francis Nicholas; and Jasper Wyman & Son president Charles Davis. Three related articles, photoessay.

Subjects

Blueberry industry

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