The children in Alto Santa Maria take part in their parents’ work on the farm from an early age.
Babies even have a cradle on wheels to so they can be next to their parents while they work. When they get a little older they get their own hoe and with it learn the movements of farming.
The years go by and the experience on the land creates bonds that allow for a progression of work from the beginning to the end of life.
A Pomeranian can’t say for sure when they started working, and neither would they know when they plan on stopping.
There are rumors, however, of anguish and arguments between them over what today’s laws allow in regards to children working on the farms.
We spoke with the president of the community (Silene Tesch) and the principal of the local school (Gerlinde Merklein Weber), who were both unanimous in supporting the participation of the kids in family agriculture as long they are always enrolled in school, and they also presented the benefits of this practice.
Text and photos: Renata Meirelles