Peach Packing Lets Students Travel the Globe

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Making boxes in Palisade might not seem like a good substitute to rafting and hiking in Romania but it does come with its perks. "Heck I'm seeing Grand Canyon so nothing compares to that and going to Las Vegas," says Anna Popescu, a student with the Work and Travel program. Popescu says, "We decided that we (weren't) going to stay and do nothing the whole summer we wanted to do something special."

Her plan is similar to the one that Bruce Talbott had when he was younger. Talbott says he remember the times he spent in Europe picking fruit and traveling the country. "We appreciate what people did for us when we were visiting else where and we like to reciprocate here."

For the past five years Talbott Farms has been hosting students from the Work and Travel program. Students come from as many as 10 different countries and work at the farm for about three months.

"Its once in a life time," says, Alexander Bulai, an art and photography student from Romania. For him this was his chance to get a close up look at an American classic.

Bulai says, "I wanted to come in America I wanted to see Mustangs." He’s talking about the Ford Mustang. And he did just that last month at a Grand Junction car show. "I was like, oh my God, this is heaven," says, Bulai.

While it may not be exactly heaven for the Talbotts it's still pretty peachy. "It's a relatively good fit to bring in a lot of these college students to help us out with peach harvest," says, Talbott. And come August they will need all the help they can get.

So for now Popescu and Bulai will continue to pack peaches and plan their next trip.
Hoping to see and do as much as they can before the fall semester rolls around.

Work and travel students earn the same pay as other employees and live on the farm during their stay.

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