The farm work position includes duties associated farm labor tasks for production of tomatoes. This work can require standing, walking, stooping, bending, and lifting up to 60 pounds, along with time outdoors in all weather conditions. Removing plastic dropping in walkways, planting, weeding, shoveling, staking and hammering, along with other task described below. It also includes adherence to instruction given in regard to proper procedures & techniques based on operation of the machinery to be used to complete each task. This work requires adherence to important food safety and quality standard operating procedures and the ability to work quickly and consistently alongside fellow workers with a positive, professional, team-based attitude and a consideration for the safety and health of fellow workers and of the consumers who will purchase and consume the fresh produce grown, harvested, packed, and shipped from the farm.
Workers will perform assigned duties as instructed by their supervisor. Duties may vary from time to time and may include all of the following job specifications:
Irrigation Hook-up/Installation/Drainage use shovel to make shallow trench to connect irrigation pipe or redirect water
Planting (by hand) - Walk along plant bed holding plant tray and assuring that plants are planted at the center of pre punched plant hole at proper depth. Return empty plant trays to truck/trailer. (No empty trays to be left in field)
Watering In Plants- Walking beside plastic bed with water hose applying water to each plant hole, fill/plant any skips with plants provided.
Stake Cutting- Cutting damaged or broken stakes to designated length as instructed by supervisor.
Staking Stab- carry stakes (+/- 40'} from flatbed truck and stab in plant bed between every plant or hole marked
Hammer - ride hammer machine and use air hand hammer to drive every stake 14" deep.
Combo- Combination of Stab & Hammer task
Tying tie plants upright with tie stick and string/twine, looping each stake
Pruning - walk field and bend-over at each plant, hold plant carefully and remove number of suckers directed by supervisor
Weeding - pull weeds from plant bed and around plant holes.
Plastic/Drip-Tape Removal (Pull) - pull plastic and drip tape by hand and place in road way or at 100' cross walk.
Cutting String - walk field and cut and remove string/twine with a small knife and place where directed by supervisor
Pre Stake Pull Clean Up: Walk field to ensure that stakes are in line and free of debris.
Stake Pull - ride stake pull machine to assure stakes bundle evenly and/or walk field to pull stakes by hand and place small bundle at 100' cross walks to pick-up and load onto flat-bed truck
Bale Plastic/ Drip Tape & String - walk field and load baler with bundled plastic, drip take and string by hand
Farm Field Clean Up: Walk field to remove miscellaneous debris
Harvesting Tomatoes-Using a 24 quart bucket the employee will hand pick harvest mature tomatoes from the plant by twisting the fruit from the vine (also remove calyz and stem from tomato) and place fruit into the bucket. The types of tomatoes to harvest will be rounds, romas, cherries, and grapes. Harvesting process will be repeated until the tomato bucket is full. The harvester will lift the bucket and place on shoulder and stand upright. The harvester will walk the filled bucket at a brisk pace to the field truck and toss filled buckets (by lifting bucket from their shoulder with both hands) to the harvest dumper. The harvester will receive a token for each filled bucket of tomatoes. Tokens will serve as a count of buckets harvested. Repeat process.