Photostory #250: $85 Million in "Green Gold"
National Film Board of Canada
February 23, 1960
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
With employment in Canada at the highest level in history, manpower to harvest the "green gold" presents a problem. Tobacco is planted by machine, cultivated by machine but it must be harvested by hand, one leaf at a time, when that leaf is ripe. Primers, who work 6 to a team filling horse-drawn "boats", are paid $14 a day (plus board) during the frenzied 6-week harvest of what has been described as one of the richest but "chanciest" crops in Canada.