A har­vest re­port and a need agro­forestry farm work­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - Bob Bey­fuss Gar­den Tips Bob Bey­fuss lives and gar­dens in Schoharie County. Send him an e-mail to rlb14@cor­nell.edu.

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);

De­sired Skills/Ex­pe­ri­ence:

• 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 anna.p@amer­i­can­gin­sen­g­pharm.com.

Send a cover let­ter and re­sume with three work ref­er­ences (names, email ad­dresses and phone num­bers). Please in­clude all ma­te­ri­als in one Word or PDF file and state your last name in the file name.

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