A new campaign, Feed the Nation, is recruiting Brits onto farms to fill the gap left after the usual European pickers were unable to travel due to coronavirus. But out of thousands of applicants, only 19 per cent are accepting an interview. What do British workers really think of farm work? And will European labour always be needed to help pick our produce? Wicked Leeks hears from workers, farm managers and recruiters to find out more.
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