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Freshway Farms LLC (FRF222)

Santa Maria, CA

$17.51 per hour


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Job Description

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JOB DUTIES Strawberry Harvesting - Harvest and field pack strawberries for the fresh fruit and processor markets. Strawberry Harvesting Support - Monitor quality of harvested fruit, stack boxes of harvested fruit on pallets, and operate harvest assist machines Strawberry Installation - Install drip irrigation system and plastic mulch in preparation for planting Strawberry Planting - Plant dormant strawberry plants in prepared beds Strawberry Seasonal Intense Bed Cleaning - Ensure plant health by removing plant runners, dead plant material, weeds, and other debris from planting beds PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS: Pesticide applications will be a part of this job. Workers may drive tractors with a spray boom connected to the tractor, mixing the material in a mixing truck. They may work at different times during the week. They may start at 3 am and work until noon. They may start at noon and work until 10 pm. Pesticide schedules depend on the harvesting and the demand. Note:For weeding activities associated with Seasonal Intense Bed Cleaning or as otherwise required by law, employer will provide workers 5 minutes additional rest time every 4 hours worked, and workers will be provided gloves, knee pads and training in prevention of work-related injuries. HOURS VARY: 7am until 3:30 pm Monday to Friday, occasionally work 5 hours on Saturday; also possibility of late or early start and end times. Possible overtime. Schedules may vary depending on production. ADDITIONAL HOURS: Additional, non-compulsory work may be offered, including on holidays. PIECE RATES: Variable piece rate of no less than $1.90/box for machine crew strawberry harvesting; variable piece rate of no less than $2.00/box for ground crew strawberry harvesting. piece rate can increase depending on harvest. AVERAGE EXPECTED HOURLY RATE for PIECE RATE ACTIVITIES: The Average hourly rate in 2021 was $20.30/hr for all strawberry harvesting. The average rate per box for 2021 was $3.55/box with an average production of 5.71 boxes per hour in 2021 at $20.30/hour. Fresh Market field pack strawberries box: 15.5' x 19.5' x 3.5'. Processor market box: 13.25 x 18 x 4.5 MINIMUM WAGE RATE: Employees that produce under minimum standard production requirement will not qualify for piece rate, and will be paid by the AEWR. If employees production rate is above the AEWR, then they will be paid the higher piece rate amount. PAY ASSURANCES: Employer offers the highest of the AEWR, the prevailing hourly wage or piece rate, the agreed-upon collective bargaining wage or the Federal or State minimum wage. OVERTIME: Employer will pay overtime to the workers who work more than 8 hours per day and/or over 40 hours per week, more than 8 hours on any given workday, and double the pay for the first 8 hours on the seventh day of work and after 12 hours of work. WORKERS COMPENSATION: Employer guarantees to maintain coverage throughout the entire contract period. Workers must notify immediate foreman and/or supervisor in case of injury within 30 days. Workers Compensation is free of charge to employee. COVID: Employer will comply with the most restrictive Covid-19 regulations including local, state and federal guidelines. A CDC-approved COVID Vaccine is required for workers staying in employer-provided housing ONLY. Workers staying in close quarters are susceptible to cross-contamination risk. HOUSING: Provided at no charge to worker. TRANSPORTATION: Employer will provide transportation to all worksite locations. See attached job order for any/additional worksite location(s). Workers are not required to use employer-provided transportation. Employer is not liable for the welfare of any worker who chooses their own means of transportation. ID: 034-0185-8
Job Classification:
45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

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PRODUCTION REQUIREMENT: Seasonal Intense Bed Cleaning will require a minimum of 155 linear feet per hour. Strawberry harvesting will require a minimum of 6 boxes per hour. Strawberry planting will require a minimum of 150 linear feet per hour. Fresh Market field pack strawberries box: 15.5' x 19.5' x 3.5'. Processor market box: 13.25 x 18 x 4.5 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: must have 3 months experience in strawberry harvest.
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7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Employer Information

Company Name:
Freshway Farms LLC (FRF222)
Santa Maria , CA 93458
Telephone Number:


1865 W Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458

Job Order Details

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Additional Wage Information:
$1.90/box during strawberry harvest (machine crew); $2/box during strawberry harvest(ground crew) - may increase depending upon production availability
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