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General Labor Job in Delta, Ohio US

General Labor

Nature Fresh Farms USA - Delta, OH

Posted: 6/30/2020 - Expires: 9/29/2020

Job ID: 218658462

Job Description

Nature Fresh Farms USA


Job Description:
NatureFresh Farms is a recognized leader within the greenhouse farming industry with facilities in Delta, OH and Leamington, ON. Our company and its innovative, dynamic team are expanding every day, growing new plant varieties and introducing cutting-edge ideas and practices to the fresh produce industry. However, at NatureFresh, we don’t just grow plants – we also grow people. Our team is passionate about bringing the highest quality products to consumers, but it is also committed to creating an inspiring, diverse, and team-oriented workplace environment that everyone can enjoy. Join our team and help us continue to grow!

We are currently seeking for applicants to join our team and fill our full-time positions as a General Laborer at our greenhouse operation in Delta, OH.

Job Details
General Laborers are crucial members of our operation – they are essential for ensuring production moves forward every day. Without them, we would not be able to grow at the scale we do at NatureFresh! General Laborers are taught all the skills necessary to work safely and efficiently, and they are expected to perform a wide array of tasks. A General Laborer will often be assigned to specific tasks that are most suited towards their skill set and previous experience.

*Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Planting (7.45%)- Planting occurs from mid-July through the end of July each year. Following planting, weekly crop jobs begin until the plants are topped and the growing process stops.
a. Crop Preparation- Place cocoa slabs side-by-side in a single row system, place drippers into dehydrated cocoa slabs and fill the slabs to full.
b. Separate Plants- Sort and separate plants onto carts, deliver plants to greenhouses based on growing map provided by the head grower, line up the plants vertically straight to clip them to twine leads.
c. Plant On Hole- Place plant directly into the cocoa slab, ensuring that the roots go directly into the slab.
d. Hanging J Hooks and Twine- Place J hook and twine above each plant on overhead wire, one hook with twine per plant. (The plant will be clipped to the twine to help guide the plants growth for best light interception and to increase labor efficiency.)

2. Biologicals (6.73%)- Using beneficial organisms, primarily predators and parasites, control pest populations by establishing a balance between pest population, parasites and predators.
a. Pollination Checks- Verify that pollination and fertilization have been successful and fruit set occurs by controlling the number of bumblebees and hives that are to be used in each greenhouse.
b. Inspection - Using scissor lift carts, inspect plants for pests, diseases or damage
c. Identification of Pest and Plant Diseases- look for early symptoms of plant disease, report diseases to bio scouts team manager. Following the manager’s instructions, control the spread of different infectious diseases and report results back to the manager.
d. Integrated Pest Management- Utilize all available biological techniques to suppress pest populations.

3. Pruning (6.73%)- Depending on the method of production and the variety of tomato being grown, plants are to be pruned as determined by the grow team managers to help the plant direct its energy toward producing fruit rather than foliage. Pruning is to be conducted weekly to keep pace with the growth of the plants.
a. Inspection- Plants are to be inspected and pruning is to be conducted weekly to keep pace with the growth of the plants.
b. Shoot and Flower Removal- Remove lateral shoots and correct number of flowers, as instructed by grow team leader, to keep the set consistent throughout the road and ensure that no end stubs are left on the cluster when flowers are removed.

4. Clipping and Suckering (15.73%)-because the length of each tomato plant will grow up to 3 feet each week, with a total length of 30 to 40 feet, the plants need to be supported continually. Suckering, removing the growth in the creases between the stem and leaf, increases plant energy to help the plant grow stronger. Depending on the variety of the tomato plant and extra stem may be clipped to the twine, as directed by the grow team leader.
a. Clipping- Inspect all plants on a daily basis. For each new 12 inches of growth, attach the vine to the twine using a plastic clip placing the clipped height underneath a leaf for support near the fruit cluster.
b. Suckering- Suckers are growths which grow in the creases between the stem and the leaf. While in the process of clipping the stem to the twine, remove all suckers by pinching them off at their base with finger and thumb or cutting them with a sharp knife.
c. Clipping With Leaf- On determined varieties of tomatoes, as directed by the grow team leader, remove the leaf from an extra stem and clip both the mainstem and the extra stem to the twine using the plastic clips to increase proper growth and support to the fruit clusters.

5. De-leafing (9.54%)- De-leafing maintains the plant balance as only the leaves on top of a vine tomatoes contribute to their growth and yield. Under conditions of low light, the flowering truss can elongate resulting in a weakened truss. In addition, removing the oldest, most tired and shaded leaves from the bottom of the plant prevents diseases such as Botrytis. De-leafing is to be conducted weekly to keep pace with the growth of the plants.
a. Hand De-leafing- Break off leaves by hand, in the morning, while the plants are still pumped with water. Break off the leaf stem cleanly by bending it sharply upwards at the base so that the wound of the plant will dry and resist fungal infection.
b. Mechanical De-leafing- Cut leaves, at the base of each, cleanly and without leaving stubs, using a sharp knife.

6. Leaning and Lowering (3.73%)-This is the process of lowering and leaning the plant is to keep the head of the plant upright for pollination and light interception and to have the fruit clusters at a convenient height for workers to perform other tasks. This task must be performed weekly with every plant.
a. Horizontal Leaning- Move the plant and twine sideways down the horizontal wire before the plant reaches the steel crop.
b. Vertical Lowering- Using the wheel controls, lower every single plant throughout the greenhouse by one half to one full turn of the wheel, depending on the growth of the plant, so that all plants are equally level and can receive the same amount of lighting throughout the greenhouse.

7. Truss support (4.55%)- This task involves the attachment of an elastic or cluster clip to the truss, to provide strength to the weight of the fruit cluster in the plant and avoid damage to the both the plant and fruit cluster. (The truss on tomato plants is a group or cluster of smaller stems where flowers and fruit develop) Truss support is to be performed on a weekly basis.
a. Cluster Clipping- All tomato plants are to be inspected and, as fruit size begins to increase, cluster clips are to be placed on the trusses and attached to the crease where the stem meets the leaf to provide support, reduce the burden of weight on the trusses and maintain support of the clusters until the time of harvesting
b. Elastic Clipping- When directed by the grow team leader, as determined by the variety of the tomato being grown, support the trusses by attaching elastic clips rather than plastic clips
c. Clip Removal- As directed by the grow team leader, once the fruit clusters reach a good developmental stage to begin the leaning and lowering process and the trusses are vigorous enough to resist breakage, the clips are to be removed to permit pickers to identify the clusters that are ready for harvesting.

8. Topping (.45%)- Topping is performed during the first and second week of May each year, just before the intended termination date of the tomato crop. Topping causes the plant to stop flowering and setting new fruit, allowing each plant to direct the remaining energy and nutrients into the fruit clusters selected for final harvesting.
a. Topping- Using a sharp knife, pruning shears or clippers, remove the top of the plant directly above the clusters of fruit which will not have time to mature before termination of the crop.

9. Picking/Harvesting (16%)- Harvesting begins about 6 to 8 weeks after the plants are planted depending on the variety of the tomato. The method of harvesting is dependent on the variety of the tomato being harvested. Harvesting is an ongoing task and is performed 2 to 3 times per week as determined by market demand.
a. Harvesting/Picking- Grasp the stem of the fruit cluster or the individual tomato near the truss and snap it from the plant being careful to snap it cleanly from the plant and not damage the truss.
b. Initial Packing- Gently place the tomatoes into picking boxes to a level just below the uppermost edge of the box.
c. Stack the picking boxes onto picking carts for transport to the packing station.

10. Packaging/Shipment (29.18%)- Before shipping the harvested fruit to the Warehouse/Distribution Center for quality control, final inspection, repacking (where necessary), verification of labeling information, and distribution to wholesale distributors and retail sales outlets, the tomatoes must be sorted by color and size, weight, checked for quality and adherence to customer specifications, packaged for retail sale, loaded into boxes, and the boxes labeled for customer identity.
a. Sorting and Grading- Sort the tomatoes by color and size, grade the tomatoes by quality thereof
b. Packaging- Pack the tomatoes into recyclable plastic containers or bags per customer specifications.
c. Box making- Using the daily production plan as a guide, construct and supply the picking carts and packing lines with empty picking boxes for sorting packing and transport of the product to the packing station.
d. Box Distribution- Ensure that the correct type of boxes and correct number of boxes are provided to each line using a conveyor/feeding system.
e. Scale duties- Maintain adequate supply of tomatoes, available in each size, for use in swapping out damaged or low grade tomatoes, before packing into boxes for shipping and perform final weighing of each box
f. Stacking- determine the height of cases that can be safely stacked on a pallet, ensure that all cases are stacked straight and locking tabs are in place to eliminate possibility of damaging the product during the stacking process.
g. Labeling- Apply tracking labels (barcodes) identifying the product, grade, quality, weight, and other information used for inventory control and accounting purposes, source identification (for tracking by the Food and Drug Administration), date of packing and the customer’s name and address information to ensure that the proper products are delivered to the proper customers.

NOTE: Not all job duties are performed each month during the growing season. As such the actual percentage of time to be spent performing each duty will vary each month during the growing season. As such the actual percentage of time to be spent performing each job duty will vary from month to month. Duties to be formed each month and the percentages of time allocated to each are as follows (per job duty as numbered in the “Description of Job Duties”).

*Job Requirements:
• Experience is an asset – however, if the candidate shows commitment and a willingness to learn, we are willing to train.
• Good communication skills and attention to detail are essential
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
• Must be able to distinguish colors
• Must be able to work Monday through Saturday and work unpredictable hours
• Must be able to pass a pre-employment screens (background and drug test)

*Workplace Conditions:
• Working with minimal supervision
• Must be able to stand long periods of time; bending, crouching, kneeling
• Exposure to extreme temperatures
• Fast paced environment, repetitive tasks
• Physically demanding
• Working at heights
• Environment may be wet or damp at times

The starting wage for this position is $14.52/hour. Work is available immediately upon hire.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and want to join our dynamic team, we encourage you to apply in person at 9250 US 20A, Delta, OH 43515, by fax at 419-330-1406, or through

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

NatureFresh Farms USA inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Job Type: Seasonal (July15-May15)
Salary: $14.52 /hour

Contact Information

Personal Contact:
Nature Fresh Farms USA
Vania Saldias, HR Manager/Operations Manager
7445 State Route 109
Delta, OH 43515

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Regular Employment
Skill Based Partner:
Education Level:
No school grade completed
Work Days:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Work Shift:
Job Reference Code
$0.00 - $14.52 /hour
Licenses / Certifications:
Display Recommended WorkKeys®Recommended WorkKeys®:
Applied Math: 4
Graphic Literacy: 3
Workplace Documentation: 3