in honor of this overlap, here are my official rankings of Shittiest to Cushiest Farms Jobs That I Have Personally Experienced
it's hot as fuck, there's no shade, dirt is everywhere, fuck your life, you're picking sweet potatoes
the method I'm most familiar with involves a big crew of dudes with machetes walking through thick-ass corn, & you make 2 cuts. 1 to take most of the stalk off so you can get a clear shot at the ear, then 1 to take the ear off.
but don't walk too fast bc you'll trip and & impale yourself on a sliced-off corn stalk or your machete
*also the reason they don't pick sweet corn mechanically
This one is straight-up comical. You got a tractor pulling a wagon through the field. A bunch of guys line up, 1 per row, in the 4-8 rows next to the wagon. You walk through the field.
Everybody takes turns being on the inside & outside bc the outside position is great, but if you're the guy next to the wagon you're getting a LOT of watermelons thrown at you
This one is somewhat ameliorated by how since you're in trees, sometimes there's shade
They make sure to wait long enough before doing this that the actual fumigant poison is gone. That's not the problem.
so they said "it'd sure help if there were some way people could tell it was leaking and decided to RUN AWAY"
So now they put tear gas in it. Tear gas lasts WAY longer in soil than the fumigant.
So when you pull the tarp up, the earth just belches all that shit out.
Bottom line, it's summer, you're rolling up black tarps that are burning your hands, & also there's tear gas
Cons: lots of back work, stank, actively avoiding get crushed by horses
Pros: was doing it for free in exchange for Learning Horsemanship so they couldn't exactly yell at me for being slow
Depends on the berry. Strawberries = pain in ass bc they're on the ground -> you're bent over all day. Blackberries & raspberries, you've got thorns. Blueberries: an innocent and harmless bush
These were young pine trees (6-8" diameter) that my buddy decided he didn't want anymore. So he drove a tractor through them & knocked them all over, but then he needed help picking them all up & putting them in a pile.
the downside is buddy thought it was totally cool to just let his dog run loose while we were running a tractor & a front-loader around, thnx for the anxiety
You got to stand on a rig that was driving through a cornfield & just pull off tassels as they came to YOU. Anyone who says "farm work, like, changed me" but further inquiry reveals the "farm work" in question was detasseling corn automatically loses all cred
Generally this isn't too strenuous; the crop's at waist level, no bending.
Downside is how it always seems to be 120°F in there
It's easier than retail. There's little/no heavy lifting. You don't even have to talk to people. It's fucking ideal.
That's me speaking from personal experience about picking berries & a lot of other jobs, both farm & non-farm.
you don't have to brown-nose strangers all day long & once you've figured your rhythm out, farm work pays more*
*a lot of the poverty's from coyotes rather than low wages per se