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Mr. Tom Rivers

Author

Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons in Western New York fields

Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons in Western New York fields

Background Information

Employment History

Editor

Orleans Hub

Author

All Ears: A decade of listening and learning from small-town Western New Yorkers

Staff Writer and Columnist

Batavia Newspapers Corp

Affiliations

Members
The Development Committee

Member
Albion Advertiser

Member
Medina Sandstone Society

Member
HOLLEY

Web References (195 Total References)


Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons From Western New York Fields - Buffalo Heritage

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Tom Rivers, a reporter for The Daily News in Batavia, wrote a first-person series about farm work in 2008 that won state and national awards. Now the series, with more background and other information, has been compiled in Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons From Western New York Fields. The newspaper series won national honors from the North American Agricultural Journalists and Columbia Journalism School. The Associated Press also recognized the series for "in-depth reporting" and the New York Agricultural Society presented Rivers with a "golden pitchfork" for the project.


Orleans Hub - About Us

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By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 September 2014

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Photo By Tom Rivers
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By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 21 June 2014
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By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 3 June 2014
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File photo by Tom Rivers
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By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 2 April 2014
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By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 28 August 2013
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The OrleansHub.com team includes front row, from left: Karen Sawicz and Tom Rivers.
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Tom Rivers is editor of the OrleansHub.com after working for more than 15 years as a reporter for The Daily News in Batavia. He started his career as a reporter at the Albion Advertiser. Rivers won numerous Associated Press writing awards at The Daily News, and also earned honors from the New York State Agricultural Society, Orleans County Farm Bureau, Columbia Journalism School and NYSARC.
He is a member of the Albion Rotary Club, the Medina Sandstone Society, Albion Main Street Alliance and the Albion Tree Advisory Committee. He coached youth soccer for several years.


Farm Hands By Tom Rivers: Upcoming Appearances

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Farm Hands By Tom Rivers

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Tom Rivers is available for speaking engagements (large and small venues), interviews and other opportunities to share his "Farm Hands" experiences. Contact Tom directly at watertowertom(at)yahoo(dot)com.
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FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) Agricultural reporter Tom Rivers "gets his hands dirty" and describes his farm work experiences.


Farm Hands By Tom Rivers: Reviews

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Tom Rivers ushers a group of cows to the milking parlor, 5/08 "In my travels around the state, the one consistent message I hear from farmers across all commodities is the need for well-qualified and hard-working employees. Tom Rivers has immersed himself in the subject (and all the soil, leaves, fruit, vegetables and sore muscles that go with it) to explain not only the very difficult nature of the work, but the fantastic people who make up our agricultural industry. "I know farmers whose lives have been saved by their workers, who have vacationed in their homeland and who have provided these valuable people a start on the American dream. It is a complex story that needed someone to tell it. That someone is Tom Rivers and he has done a great job." -Patrick Hooker, Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets "This unusually thought-provoking book, Farm Hands, takes the reader right into the heart of New York's farm country, from the perspective of the farmers and farm workers responsible for producing the food that lands on our nation's tables. The insights gained should make us all thankful for the hard work, dedication and passion of those involved in providing our food supply." -Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau "A lot of people claim that we depend on immigrants to do jobs that Americans won't; author Tom Rivers takes the rare step of actually showing us why. An enjoyable, nonpartisan, and informative account, Farm Hands should be read by policymakers and anyone else interested in understanding the complexities of the immigration issue." -Roy Germano, Ph.D., Director, The Other Side of Immigration "Tom Rivers has set the standard for agricultural reporting here in Western New York. This book is a showcase to his talents, and his passion for our industry, based on realism, facts and experience, not the same old rhetoric or sensational reporting that so many so called journalists practice. Dirty hands and accurate reporting, at its best!" -Jim Allen, President, New York Apple Association "There are many facets to the issue of immigration in America today, and one of the least recognized has to do with farm work. In Farm Hands, Tom Rivers gives us the story of how he tried his hand at the work of planting, tending, and harvesting America's food-work that we all need done, but that we do not want to do, and that most of us know little about.
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"Maestro, Stretch, King Kong, Ferdinand, Sherlock-these are the names of some of the farm workers Tom Rivers introduces us to in his eye-opening book Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons from Western New York Fields.Part social experiment, part investigative journalism, Rivers provides us a first-hand look at the rigors of farm labor as he himself worked with crews in the fields on numerous farms throughout Orleans and Genesee counties. Many, if not all, of the crews were made up of migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. What Rivers shows us is that farm labor is dignified hard work that requires will power, humility, skill, and strength."
-Edible Buffalo Magazine, Summer 2010 issue
"I just finished Tom Rivers' book Farm Hands and am astounded at the real-life feel this book gives to the world of agriculture. Tom has not only been a friend to agriculture by reporting on local events within our community, but by taking a leap out of his comfort zone working as a farm hand, dairy laborer, onion planter, apple picker and cabbage harvester.
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FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) Agricultural reporter Tom Rivers "gets his hands dirty" and describes his farm work experiences.


Farm Hands By Tom Rivers: About the Author

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Farm Hands By Tom Rivers

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Batavia, N.Y. newspaper reporter Tom Rivers wrote a first-person series about farm work in 2008 that won state and national awards. Now the series, with more background and other information, is compiled in this newly released book, Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields. The 168-page book includes 101 pictures. Some of them were not published in the newspaper. Rivers covers agriculture for The Daily News. He said he received good feedback about the newspaper series from readers and farmers, many of whom encouraged him to put the stories in book form. Several farmers have told Rivers they hope the book will gain a wide audience, helping to educate Americans on the challenges of producing food and the grueling work needed to harvest fruits and vegetables.
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FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) FARM HANDS BY TOM RIVERS (ISBN 10: 0-9845656-0-4) (ISBN 13: 978-0-9845656-0-3) Agricultural reporter Tom Rivers "gets his hands dirty" and describes his farm work experiences.

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