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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Mulberry Sod Farm / Patterson Farms
Physical Address
19307 Highway 31 North
Clanton, AL 35045
Job Description

Temporary job 03/10/2019 – 09/01/2019

Perform manual labor to cultivate and harvest peaches1 plums1 and nectarines; plant1 cultivate, and harvest strawberries, blueberries, soybeans, peas, melons, beans, corn, tomatoes, squash1 cucumbers, okra, turf grass, and wheat; and prune and thin fruit trees. Clean, pack, grade, sort, and load harvested product.

Use hand tools such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Till soil. Transplant and weed crops. Workers may rake and grade soil, harvest sod, ride on tractor and stack sod on pallets. Construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Set up and operate irrigation equipment. Proper spacing as instructed is required when thinning, as well as which peaches are to be left or removed. Only specified fruit is to be picked as instructed and desirable fruit should not be left on the tree, dropped or removed from ground. Prune and thin fruit trees as instructed by supervisor. Workers must have a general understanding of how pruning affects competition with fruiting wood and how thinning is done to provide nutrition to the developing fruit. Improper pruning can cause problems with fruit load, fruit size, disease severity, and overall production. As a minor activity, operate tractors to harvest crops and repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment. Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress. Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Apply pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers to crops. Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs. Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length1 width, appearance, feel, smell and quality to ensure correct processing and usage. Workers must use care when grading and packing not to damage or bruise produce. Discard inferior or defective products and/or foreign matter and place acceptable products in containers for further processing. Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel. Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers. Record grade and/or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets. Workers are also responsible for farm, field and shed sanitation duties including picking up trash, cleaning bathrooms, and sweeping floors. Occasional manual digging. Assist with Good Agricultural Practices policies. Using the employer’s vehicles, licensed drivers may transport workers to the worksite from housing units and/or to town. Work outside in inclement weather conditions including rain and extreme temperatures. Perform prolonged walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying 50 pounds. Use 8 foot ladder while pruning fruit trees above head. One month of farm work experience required.

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