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Old 09-10-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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I've read a bunch of people who have said they would do "anything." Well, here's your chance.

It's crush in wine country right now. The Finger Lakes are of NY, the various California wine regions, the Washington and Oregon regions, all of them are in full swing. There are day labor jobs available harvesting grapes, working at sorting tables, and working the hoses on the crushpad. It's hard, laborous work that often begins before dawn and ends after sundown, but it pays pretty well and no experience is required.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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I've read a bunch of people who have said they would do "anything." Well, here's your chance.

It's crush in wine country right now. The Finger Lakes are of NY, the various California wine regions, the Washington and Oregon regions, all of them are in full swing. There are day labor jobs available harvesting grapes, working at sorting tables, and working the hoses on the crushpad. It's hard, laborous work that often begins before dawn and ends after sundown, but it pays pretty well and no experience is required.
I actually did this once in Napa Valley. It was a good time and I would recomend it. Hard work though for sure. 14 hour shifts sometimes because it's go time and the work must be done within a short time span.

Unfortunately in California. Lots of these jobs are taken over by illegal immigrants, and the pay scale has gone down accordingly.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:38 PM
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Do you have to speak Spanish?
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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Do you have to speak Spanish?
No! I know half a dozen people working crush in Napa and Walla Walla right now, and none of them are what could be called a "Spanish speaker" unless you consider taco, adios, and gracias to be the entire vocabulary.
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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My Mom and I were briefly discussing illegal immigration the other day, and she asked me, "Would you go work picking strawberries for 14 hours a day?".

She was a little surprised when I said, "Yes, I would."

Annerk, we need details, how does one apply for those "farm picker" jobs or find out who is hiring and when? Please give us some details or suggestions please...
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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winejobs.com
Harvest worker jobs | Simply Hired
Nelson Staffing 513 Lincoln Ave. Napa, CA 707-255-7438
Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance - Classifieds
Piña Vineyard Management LLC (707) 944-2229
Beckstoffer Vineyards 707.963.9471
Home (http://sonomavws.org/content/ - broken link)

That's a start, let me know if you want more.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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I also made a call to someone in Washington wine country who is going to see what he can find out and get back to me. I don't ahve any contacts for NY, but my guess is that if you call a couple of the larger wineries (Bully Hill, Dr. Franks, Glenora, Swedish Hill) and ask to speak to their vineyard manager they could point you in the right direction.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Also it's just about apple season in NY State, you might want to look into that as well. And apple picking is fun!
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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What exactly do these jobs pay, on average? What do you consider to be good pay?

Just curious.
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