Oregon Pot Harvest Underway

Southern Oregon pot harvest underway, some growers wary of new market | OregonLive.com

“Unlike Willamette Valley growers who fine-tune warehouse conditions to pump a regular supply of flowers into the market, outdoor producers such as Monarch typically get one shot at harvest each year. They plant in the spring and harvest in fall, a period known locally as “croptober.”

Taking down plants and preparing the crop for market is tedious, time-consuming work carried out by seasonal workers who flood southern Oregon each year. Though growers have increasingly turned to machines to trim small leaves off large batches of flowers, many still rely on manual labor. Trimmers generally earn $15 to $20 an hour, sometimes more if they’re fast and efficient. Others are paid by weight, earning $150 to $200 for every pound of flowers they trim. Some growers,  such as Monarch, throw in a bonus if harvest season goes well.”

 

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