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Thursday, August 18, 2022
Exploring Photos with the NOTL Museum: Farmerette

Here is a photo of a farmerette from the Second World War working on one of the local farms with her supervisor, Mr. Woods. These young women, usually aged 16 or older, were hired through the Farm Service Force to assist in harvesting fruits and vegetables for the canning industry. Depending on the job, the pay was 25 cents per hour, or they were paid by the number of baskets collected. These young women were put to work in Niagara, St. Davids, Queenston, Virgil and other locales within the township. Some of the girls were housed in tents in orchards, while others were placed in high schools or empty motels. In the fall, they would return home until the following year.