(Grand Junction, Colorado, United States)
The fields of glory show the hard work of the camp. People have joined together, not out of rebellion, but for survival. The economy has been in the gutter, and each must make ends meet. Many of these workers have families in which they must provide for yet have no opportunities in the area they live. They resort to an unorthodox means of survival... Growing marijuana. A billion dollar industry keeps them alive season to season. The summer is one of the most important times of the year for these workers. They haul loads of fertilizer and water to their crops, hoping the yield will be enough to feed their families. The winter is a hard time for these folks, and they return indoors for smaller harvests, making summer harvests hold great importance economically. People often forget how hard the work is, even though it's illegal its still work and comes with great risk. It's unfortunate that communities are forced to struggle to survive and have to rely on an illegal plant for their well being. Many of these workers have lost their families, or family members because of the legalities. As summer reaches a close, these fields of glory show the hard work of the camp. A camp that truly believes in freedom, and survival. They are grateful another season passes where they a member is not lost or the harvest has not been chopped down by police. After all the hard work put in, these workers only make a little more then minimum wage, but they are happy, because they are alive. Morally, survival is more important then anything else. These workers can now feed their wives, husbands, and children. Can we accept this on society, that these individuals lives are forced to rely on this industry? What does freedom mean? We ask ourselves many more questions, trying to find just ways to solve these problems. For them, the summer is not playing in pools, or mingling with friends. It's months in the middle of no where, working, waiting, and wishing they had more opportunities so they could spend time with their families.
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