apple harvest

A Blue Ridge Health worker prepares for an outreach visit at a migrant worker's camp in Polk County.
Cass Herrington / BPR News

 

It’s apple season in Western North Carolina. Hand-painted roadside signs boast cider doughnuts and homemade pies. 

The beloved seasonal fruit is picked by thousands of migrant farmworkers. But with the pandemic, advocates want the government to provide safer living and working conditions for the at-risk population.