Dakota Michaud, 14, carried a barrel at Dale Holmes’s potato farm, one of Aroostook County’s last farms to use hand-pickers.

Harvest break

As the need for potato-pickers declines, Aroostook County questions its autumn tradition, when teenagers work the fields.

By Jenna Russell
Globe Staff / October 1, 2006

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CARIBOU, Maine -- To the teenagers toiling in the dirt at the Holmes farm last month, picking potatoes was anything but nostalgic. The sun beat down on their heads, and the wind blew dust into their eyes. Their backs ached from bending and crouching. Sometimes they cracked jokes to break the monotony as they made their slow way along the ... (Full article: 1215 words)

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