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Sunday, October 2, 2022
Exploring Photos: The NOTL farmerettes
The "farmerettes" were employed to help harvest produce during the Second World War. They are shown here outside their headquarters at The Virgil Public School. NOTL Musem

As we drive by all the fruit trees, we sometimes think about the young women who came from out of town during the Second World War to work on the farms. These young ladies, usually aged 16 or older, were hired through the Farm Service Force to assist in harvesting fruits and vegetables for the canning industry. Here are a group of the farmerettes posing outside of their temporary quarters at the Virgil Public School on Four Mile Creek Road in 1941. In the fall, they would return home until the following year.