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Mr. Tom Rivers

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Phone: (585) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: t***@***.com
Orleans Hub
14016 Route 31
Albion , New York 14411
United States

Company Description: The team includes front row, from left: Karen Sawicz and Tom Rivers. back row: Brad London and Gary Hill. "We feel Orleans County is an exciting...   more

Employment History

  • Agricultural Reporter
  • Editor
  • Farm Hands
  • Newspaper Reporter
    The Daily News
  • Staff Writer
    The Daily News
  • Staff Writer and Columnist
    Batavia Daily News
125 Total References
Web References
Orleans Hub - About Us, 2 Oct 2014 [cached]
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 September 2014
Photo By Tom Rivers
By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 21 June 2014
By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 3 June 2014
File photo by Tom Rivers
By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 2 April 2014
Photo by Tom Rivers
Photo by Tom Rivers
By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 28 August 2013
The team includes front row, from left: Karen Sawicz and Tom Rivers.
Tom Rivers is editor of the 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: Reviews, 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
Farm Hands By Tom Rivers
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.
"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.
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.
Category: Press Releases | First Universalist Church of Rochester, 12 Sept 2012 [cached]
Tom Rivers: 585-589-2432
The First Universalist Church of Rochester will be hosting a presentation by Tom Rivers, author of Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields, about working conditions migrant farm laborers face in Western New York. Mr. Rivers works as a newspaper reporter for The Daily News in Batavia, where he covers agriculture and other community issues. Rivers wrote a first-person series about farm work in 2008 that won state and national awards and earned him an honorary "golden pitch fork" from the New York State Agricultural Society. The farm labor series has been adapted to a book, Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields, that was recently named a "Good Book" by the University at Buffalo. UB compiled a list of 48 books of "unrequired reading" that have inspired inquiry, pleasure, and a renewed engagement with civic life. Rivers also is a contributor to the American Agriculturist magazine.
This event will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12PM at the First Universalist Church, located at 150 South Clinton Avenue.
The presentation is intended to inform the public about the working conditions farm laborers regularly confront when producing our local food. Although the localvore movement has gained in popularity and is helping to support our local agricultural economy, as well as help raise awareness of the environmental issues involved with transporting food long distances, the local labor market is not generally responsive to agricultural jobs, leaving many of these positions to be filled by migrant workers. Mr. Rivers' presentation will explore this issue and the effects it has on local communities and migrant families.
Rivers lost 40 pounds working at farms, and ran a marathon after the experience. He discovered running 26.2 miles is easier than spending a day picking cucumbers or cutting cabbage.
Tom Rivers said "I've been 'rewired' to work harder and be a better family man after spending time with the farm workers.
A Tale for Three Counties, 11 Dec 2007 [cached]
Daily News staff writer Tom Rivers reported from Medina.
File photo by Tom ..., 2 Oct 2014 [cached]
File photo by Tom Rivers
Tom Rivers, the Orleans Hub editor, served on the committee that helped pick the winners.)
By Tom Rivers, editor Posted 13 April 2014
MEDINA - He made a living telling the stories of Medina and the Orleans County community.
File photo by Tom Rivers
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