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- Native Seed Production Worker – Forbes crop is planted & gathered outside in the heat/cold. Job requires frequent stooping. Planting Crop: Cultivate soil and prepare irrigation ditches using a tractor plow and hand shovels. Forb seed is distributed across soil by hand or is planted in the on-site greenhouse in individual containers and then transferred as seedlings to the crop site and planted individually, spacing 20” apart. Worker will care for crop by watering and adjusting heat in the greenhouse as well as irrigating crop on the farm.
Plant saltgrass, Perry Salt Bush, bush seepweed, greasewood, sagebrush in containers. Workers will care for plants by weeding, fertilizing, watering, transplanting, moving. Globemallow crop will be planted in the spring and harvested annually in the early summer months, depending on weather and seed formation. Forage Kochia crop must be planted in late November/December with this year’s harvest and is harvested annually during November/December months. Harvesting forbe seed: hit shrub with a tennis racket into a large sack that is held across one shoulder and back. When sack is full, clean out large sticks with hands and then place the remaining seed into 75 lb. bags. Carry bags to truck. Harvesting globemallow seed: strip seed from branches using hand, place in a bag. Each of the above crops will require tilling/cultivating the land, planting seed and/or seedlings, irrigating the crop, mitigating weeds, observing plant hardiness, controlling pests, harvesting crop, cleaning and processing the crop, and delivering the seed crop to storage. Saltgrass seedlings will be planted in the on-site greenhouses. Trays will be filled with soil and seed, each week for 10 weeks. Seedlings must be watered, weeded, be temperature-controlled and transferred to larger trays when they are established. Care(40%).
Cleaning Seed- Native Seed Production Worker cleans shrub, grass, forb, and flower seed acquired by Native Harvest Seed Inc. Cleaning Seed: lay seed out on large tarps (will be outside in the heat/cold). Move seed from greenhouses to cleaning facility using a skid steer or tractor. Scoop seed with shovels into 200 lb bags. Empty 200 lb bags into a large cleaning machine using a tractor. Place seed on a screen table, move seed around with hands to separate seed from dirt. Blow out debris by shoveling dried/processed seed onto screening table while running large fans to remove debris. Will need to wear a dust mask/respirator to protect against dust. Shovel seed into bags. Seed must be dried, cleaned and processed immediately following harvest to protect seed quality, since moisture and other debris harms the seed (40%).
Packaging - place seed from large bags into smaller bags according to individual/custom orders based on weight. Make custom seed mixes by placing seed amounts into mixing machine and transferring seed mix to appropriate size bags. Sew bag closed with a sewing machine and place a label on the bag. Stack bags on pallets, wrap pallets with plastic, and load onto freight trucks using the tractor (20%).
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- 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop