Challenge: Like many family farms in Arizona, Du Brook Dairy management had a difficult time retaining dependable work crews at their dairy outside of Casa Grande.
Solution: In 2018, the Labor Partnership team identified 28 inmates from the Florence West Prison and they began making the trip to the dairy each day.
The dairy managers began training the inmates to do simple tasks (cleaning the milking area, milking the cows). As the Dairy managers learned more about the inmates' prior work experiences, they began to rely on the inmates to perform maintenance around the farm (welding broken fences, repairing equipment - see pictures below).
"Finding agricultural workers has been very difficult in Arizona. ACI has been vital, from suppling qualified employees to our dairy farm. The wide variety of experience they have, ranged from qualified mechanics, welders, and some that were eager and fast learners to become great Milkers."
– Casey Dugan