Marquez Ranch Management
H2A Available Job
Number of Workers Requested: 2
Crops Workers will be working with: o cherimoya and avocado • job duties to be performed for each crop: o Cherimoya: Pick ripe Cherimoya Prune Cherimoya tree Pollinate Cherimoya tree Pack Cherimoya o Avocado: Pick ripe Avocado Prune Avocado trees Water avocado trees Pest control of avocado trees • Description of work tasks and tools used for the above job duties: o Cherimoya: Picking ripe Cherimoya • This is done by hand. All green colored cherimoya is picked from the cherimoya tree. This is done by hand or with small scissors used to cut the green cherimoya from the tree. Once picked they are placed into a bucket which the manager of the farm will then examine to determine which are good for selling and which are not. Pollinate Cherimoya Tree • Pollination is done in the morning and also is completed by hand (hand pollination). The pollination of the of the flowers on the cherimoya tree is done with a little paint brush and a small container. Use the small paint brush to tap the pollen out of the flower of the cherimoya tree – the pollen, when the flower is tapped, will fall into the container. Once the pollen is collected in the container, place the small paint brush (the tip of the brush) into the pollen on the tip of the brush. Once the pollen is on the tip of the brush, locate a female flower of the cherimoya tree; insert the brush, with the pollen on it, into the female flower. Cut a leaf of the flower to indicate the flower has been pollinated. Continue this process for all cherimoya trees and flowers on said trees. Pruning • Use small clippers to cut (prone) the foliage (vegetation) of the cherimoya tree. Locate the upright branches, locate the small buds on the upright branches, prune the branch just above the small bud on the upright branches. Prune extensively. This keeps the tree small to allow access to the fruit and allows flowering 3x the norm. All side branches will also will be pruned. Packing • Place label on each Cherimoya fruit that has been picked. Clean the fruit with a brush and put the fruit inside bubble wrap then place the bubble wrap fruit into a packaging box to be sold. o Avocado Picking • Picking is done by hand. The height level avocados are simply picked off the tree. The avocados that are above height level or simply difficult to get to are picked with a picking tool (known as a picker tool) – the tool is a long device (metal rod) with a bag on the end. The device is placed on the avocado that can not be reached, when the device is placed on that avocado it is able to lodge the avocado from the tree and the avocado falls into the bag on the end of the device. Pruning • Pruning is done by hand. Use small clippers (pruners) to prune (cut) canopy sides of the avocado tree (side branches) of the avocado tree. This will decrease the width of the tree. For height control use a small handsaw to prune (cut) tall branches of the avocado tree growing that are growing vertically. This will keep the avocado tree at human height. Pest Control • Apply borax for ants around each trunk of the avocado tree. The borax is placed in small cups around the tree. Also place stickers on the trunk of the avocado tree. The stickers trap the ants crawling on the avocado tree. Watering • Lines of the irrigation system need to be turned on and off. Locate the irrigation system and turn off the pipe when needed and turn on the others when needed. Complete as directed. Packing • Clean the avocado with water and towel. Place sticker on clean avocado. Place the clean and stickered avocado directly into bag.
Experience Required: Yes
Months of Experience Required: 1
Special Requirements: One (1) experience in cherimoya farming as laborer
Number of Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule (Start/End time): 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Company Name: Marquez Ranch Management
Location: Santa Barbara , CA 93139
Telephone Number: +18058863345
475 Glen Annie, Goleta, CA 93117