* * * After Zach departs for the other end of Lowcountry, where he lives, Eric, now on his own, finds ID & R more challenging.
He might register one or two workers on a good day. Zach helps by calling and texting with places Eric might try, including known camps that haven’t been visited for a while.
Not all of what they learn comes from SAF instructors, and not all of it is about farmworking. She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, where Eric will be based. Got it.” At twenty-one, Eric is among the oldest here.
Just beyond the trailers is an old building made of wood, its shape vaguely familiar to Eric. The only water comes from a spigot outside, at the end of a pipe in the ground, and there’s neither a bathroom nor outhouse in sight.
Eric knows they could report this place to state inspectors. He’s heard of outreach workers forced to contend with a cruel compromise: If you report every housing violation, the grower might not let you back.
And that, he learned from his dad, begins with education. Finding a camp is all about profiling, Zach explains.
* * * Eric peers at a Google Earth map that Zach uses to record locations of farmworker camps across the state. You look for clues at rundown houses and trailers on the side of the road: clotheslines, cars with out-of-state plates and windows covered with sheets.