He says things are different now where he grew up, not as many people are planting corn because there is more extreme weather than before and the rains can be so heavy now that the corn gets extremely damaged. Because of this, many people are leaving his village and going to work elsewhere. The harvest they are getting is so small now that the corn is not making them any money. Instead of planting, many people are either going to Mexico City to work in construction, or coming here to work on farms, in the fields, in a restaurant, or in construction. “I don’t really see another solution,” he says, “because the economic situation is really difficult. I miss the family and the food, but there isn’t a good way to earn a living there so I am here.”
Adam graduated from high school and wanted to go to the University, but says that he wouldn’t have been able to afford it. If he went to work, there would be no way for him to go to school so that is when he made the decision to come here to the states. When he first got here, it seemed harder for him to find fresh food than it did back home. He was used to getting fresh vegetables and recently butchered meats on a regular basis from people that he knew. It was an adjustment to buy meats from the grocery store. However, he has been able to connect with some local farmers here that have fresh produce stands. He and his co-workers try to make their own little garden. It reminds him of home when they find the time to cook with fresh foods.
“We have a mechanic here in town who is our friend. He is a really nice guy; he trusts us to pay him when we can and we trust him. Mostly though, he tells us not to worry about all the bad things coming out in the news. He knows we are working hard here and he appreciates us. Most people in the town where I live are nice.” For him, he feels that one of the best things about living in rural Western Wisconsin is the security and safety that a person has here. Like many small towns experiencing a rise in petty crime, his town back in Mexico has been less peaceful in recent years than it was in the past.
Adam in the parlor of the dairy where he currently works.