Crops: PEARS, CHERRY AND APPLE. These crops listed may or may not be planted and employer is not limited to only these crops listed
PEARS/CHERRY/APPLE Harvest: The Worker will hand harvest Apples, Pears and cherries this can be performed from a motorized platform and/or from the ground or a ladder. The Worker will attach harness, bucket or bag and picks low hanging fruit while standing on the ground and higher branches while standing on a ladder. The Worker will pick according to grade, color and size by grasping fruit with the hands as well as using stem clippers for removing fruit from the tree so as not to harm adjacent buds on the tree branches. The Worker will carry harness, bucket or bag of up to 20lbs to 60 lbs. and will place fruit into plastic lugs which hold approximately 30 pounds of fruit or wooden bins, 4x4x3 which hold approximately 25 bushels of fruit. Care must be exercised always to prevent bruising of fruit or breaking of branches. The Worker may be required to examine harvested fruit in plastic/wooden bins and sort out any fruit not meeting the grade, color and size specifications.
THINNING: Thinning is a manual process used to control the size and quality of grown fruit. This process requires the Worker to remove, in some cases not limited to the smallest fruit blossom, bud and/or identifiable fruit from within a cluster of other fruits. The Worker will be expected to be able to identify and remove fruit that is misshapen, damaged and/or with other quality problems as directed by supervisors. Thinning may be performed from a motorized platform and/or from the ground or a ladder, worker must be able to use scissor like clippers.
TRAINING: Training is a process in which the fruit tree is manipulated to increase yield and/or quality and proper fruit load. Training may be performed from a motorized platform and/or from the ground or ladder. Some example training tasks are but not limited to: Tying, taping or clipping apples, pears or cherry limbs to wires.
Tying up or down apples, pears or cherry limbs.
Training and limb positioning of apples, pears and cherry trees.
Shoot thinning, sucker removal, cluster thinning, shoot positioning, hedging, or leaf removal. Propping and supporting apples, pears and cherry trees.
PRUNING: Pruning numerous varieties of apples, pears and cherry trees according to established company procedures based on the difference in the treatment of different varieties. Work will be performed on trees for long periods of time using a variety of pruning equipment including but not limited to hand shears, hand loppers and hand saws. Pruning may be done from the ground or a ladder up to 12 feet in height or from a motorized platform. The Worker may be required to selectively prune only trees of a certain size and color as instructed by the crew supervisor.