Workers will perform various duties all associated with planting, cultivation, and harvesting peaches and other named in this order. Sanitation Requirements: For food and general personal safety purposes, all workers will be required and expected to follow common sanitary practices at all times. This is particularly critical when hand-harvesting crops for human consumption. Employees are required to cleanse their hands by washing them thoroughly with soap and water after using the provided bathroom
accommodations and before entering the fields for harvest activities or the packing facility for packing operations.
Picking Peaches: Worker will be assigned a row, usually with a partner, and is responsible for picking all the proper peaches from that row, or half row. Peaches are selected from the tree according to size and/or color standard set by the picking supervisor .In some instances, peach harvest will be done from a six-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift, carry, and work from the top of the ladder. The entire tree must be checked to ensure removal of all fruit meeting-picking requirements. Peaches are placed gently in the picking container until container is full.T he full picking container weighing up to 50 lbs. is then taken to peach wagon and gently emptied into a field bin, taking care of not to spill or bruise the fruit in the container or in the field bin. Production will be recorded electronically each time a unit of peaches is delivered to the field bin. Workers piece rate pay may be determined by the total number of field bins picked by that worker. Field bin volume will be determined by visual observation that the bin is full and level. Workers are to stay on their assigned row unless directed by a supervisor to change, or to help someone out sporadically. Picking units will be kept free of limbs, leaves or mushy fruit. Workers may be required to use various harvest containers such as a basket or other half bushel container which will require field grading. In this instance extra care must be used to insure that each piece of fruit is undamaged and perfect. Production will be recorded
/electronically each time a unit of peaches is delivered to field wagon. Workers will be required to pick up and return picking ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each workday or as directed by the grower or designated supervisor. Pruning: While pruning trees, workers will receive proper tools for the particular job, i.e., saw, prunes, and hand snips. These tools will be returned to the employer at the end of the task. The cost of tools destroyed maliciously or lost carelessly will be deducted from workers wages. The supervisor will set a standard or pattern for each orchard and will demonstrate and communicate this to workers. Workers will be assigned rows of trees and must prune each tree according to the predetermined standard. In some instances, peach pruning will be done from a six-foot ladder weighing up to 30 lbs. All workers must be able to lift and carry ladder, as well as work from the top of the ladder. Workers must remove all resulting material from the peach trees rendered from performing pruning tasks. When pruning is complete on each tree, each worker is required to rake and scatter the resulting brush in the center of the tractor/equipment rows. Workers will receive credit for the number of trees pruned using electronic data collection. Workers will be required to pick up and return pruning ladders to the ladder wagon provided by the grower at the end of each work day or as directed by the grower or designed supervisor.