Meadville Tribune

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January 11, 2013

PART THREE OF THREE: Seasonal workers vital to Ernst Seeds


MEADVILLE — Mattiace is an Allegheny College associate professor of political science  whose region of specialty is Latin America and whose courses include Immigration and Citizenship.



Heavy lifting and fighting prickly plants under the scorching summer sun are big parts of serving as a summer field hand at Ernst Conservation Seeds but the work comes with special rewards, as Allegheny College student Ian Lim Bonner learned last summer.


A cultural experience isn’t what Allegheny College student Ian Lim Bonner expected during his work as a field hand at Ernst Conservation Seeds but then he met the company’s seasonal Mexican workers and also learned of the negative reaction they’ve received from some in our community.


The seasonal Mexican workers at Ernst Conservation Seeds are here legally and the work they do meets key needs for the company and the men’s families, reports Allegheny College Associate Professor of Political Science Shannan Mattiace.

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