A harvest report and a need agroforestry farm workers
Our streak of gorgeous weather is continuing as I write this column on Sept. 12, despite the horrible conditions in Florida and Georgia due to Irma. I am happy to report that my kids, grandkids and friends in Florida are all fine and suffered little damage from the storm, although I was pretty worried for a day or two. It will be interesting to see the aftermath of the storm this winter when I return to Bradenton for the rest of the winter sometime in mid-November.
I think we are going to have a spectacular fall foliage season as the conditions we have been having lately (bright, sunny days and cool nights with adequate soil moisture) are ideal for this to happen.
My garden is finally starting to produce ripe tomatoes and, as usual, my favorite tomato variety, Big Beef, is by far, better than any of the others. It is the second earliest (behind Yellow Boy) to ripen full-sized fruit, the fruit are perfect and large (8+ ounces) with not a cat face mark or scar on them, unlike most large tomatoes.
These plants also have the least amount of disease, (just a little early blight), whereas I see many other gardens where the tomato foliage has been devastated by early blight as well Septoria leaf spot. Lester’s tomatoes have almost no leaves left at all on them due to Septoria.
It is important to maintain good cover of foliage on tomato plants since the fruit is subject to sunburn if they are exposed to direct sunlight and the leaves are needed to produce the sugars that flavor the fruit. Sparsely foliated plants will produce much less flavorful tomatoes!
I have also noticed that my peaches are far less sweet than I expected and that is also due to the scarce leaves on the tree, resulting from a bad outbreak of bacterial leaf-spot disease earlier this season. I am also picking some large, green bell peppers. Most bell peppers will ripen to a red color if left on the plant and they will get noticeably sweeter if that is allowed to happen.
In the meantime, my company is still very busy planting ginseng seed in Delaware, Greene and Albany counties and we could use some workers!
The American Ginseng Pharm is seeking farm workers for the 2017 growing season. American Ginseng Pharm is an agroforestry farm that grows wild-simulated ginseng in multiple locations in the Northern Catskill Mountains (Delaware, Greene County and Albany County). We are currently hiring people for our work site in Coeymans Hollow, NY. Compensation is $12.50-$15 an hour, depending on experience. Compensation for gas and travel time offered for commutes over 45 minutes.
The work season runs now through October. Workers receive training and education from our staff to develop knowledge in forest ecology, tree/herbaceous plant identification, and the history of American ginseng. Key worker responsibilities include woodland site preparation (small tree and brush removal), ginseng seed planting (August-October), and aiding other herb and mushroom projects as needed.
Required qualifications are:
• At least 18 years of age with U.S. working papers;
• Strong work ethic, organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to check email and phone messages daily;
• Excellent physical condition and enthusiasm for long days;
• Ability to work both independently and as part of team;
• Ability to transport to and from work sites (compensation for gas and travel time are offered for commutes over 45 minutes);
• Basic tree and plant identification skills;
• Farm work experience;
• Game of logging chainsaw certification;
• Power tools maintenance experience;
• Ability to navigate using maps & compass;
• Wilderness first aid certification;
• Working knowledge of ArcGIS software.
For more information and to apply, contact our management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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