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Aphids Love the High Temperatures

High temperatures for extended periods of time in the Salinas Valley this summer continue to cause an influx of aphids on broccoli, cabbage and kale. Aphids love the heat and it is almost impossible to control organically. We see this happen with organic produce every year when it gets too hot. We asked Lakeside Organics and Josie’s Organics their thoughts on aphids in the Salinas Valley.

Kyle Paul Vilhauer from Lakeside says As far as aphid and heat are concerned there is definitely a direct impact in our specific location. When it gets really hot in Watsonville this time of year the hills around us start getting dry. When the hills are dry there is less food for the aphid. The aphid head directly downhill to our fields for food and water (our plants and fields). During the warm summer months we always have heavier aphid pressure due to this happening. We combat the aphid a few different ways since we cannot spray. We use a lot of beneficial predatory bugs, bugs like lady bugs LOVE to eat aphids” Lakeside is currently testing out a new bug vacuum designed so suck up the aphids right out of their fields.

Rodney Braga, President and Farmer for Josie’s Organics says, “The recent weather has brought on more aphids, and by farming organically, we grow in a natural environment free of synthetic pesticides.  We try to control destructive pests with methods, such as, planting beneficial flowers to attract good bugs to mitigate pressure from unwanted bugs (in this case, aphids) – we do not intend for any bugs (beneficial or unwanted) to be present on our vegetables, but they do sneak in from time to time .  We do our best to implement a healthy crop rotation and to strategically choose our ranch locations.  All of which depend on climate and time of year.  Although we are no match against the weather, we do all of this in hopes to control aphids to the best of our abilities.”

Check out Earl’s Produce Buyer’s Notes posted each week on our website blog for all the updates on organic fruits and vegetables.

Earl’s Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of July 24th

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Hiring PM Warehouse Support

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a skilled and safe Outbound PM Warehouse Support for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

Under the direction of the Outbound Operations Manager, the Product Selector fills customers’ orders from stored merchandise in accordance with specifications on sales slips or order forms. Duties include completing order receipts, keeping records of out-going orders, requisitioning additional materials, supplies, cleaning work area and equipment.

Responsibilities will include:
• Read orders to ascertain quantities of merchandise
• Obtain merchandise from bins, shelves, and coolers
• Check order receipts
• Examine products to verify quality standards
• Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete
• Keep records of out-going orders
• Place merchandise on conveyors leading to wrapping areas
• Wrap the palletized merchandise
• Mark or tag identification on palletized merchandise
• Operate machinery used in the process, or assist machine operators
• Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify Management as necessary

Position requirements include:
• Forklift, End-Rider pallet jack, and electric pallet jack experience is required
• Ability to read and understand information presented in writing
• Ability to arrange things in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Requires being reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfilling obligations
• Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
• Requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-nature
• Requires supporting other team members and provide service to others
• Requires knowledge of conducting inspections of products

compensation: DOE, Starting at $15
employment type: full-time

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

This position requires four (4) ten hour shifts, 4pm-2am, Sunday through Friday.

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program. Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124

HR@earlsorganic.com

 

Hiring Class A and B Delivery Driver-$1000 Sign on Bonus

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a skilled and safe Class A and B Delivery Driver for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

Under the direction of the Transportation Supervisor, the selected candidate will deliver palletized orders to our diverse customer base in a timely and attentive manner.

Responsibilities will include:
– Conducting thorough pre-trip safety checks
– Maintaining accurate trips logs and related reports
– Securing loads to ensure product integrity upon delivery
– Efficiently navigating assigned delivery routes
– Unloading and appropriately handling pallets and packages, per customers’ specific needs
– Providing excellent customer service at every opportunity
– Informing his/her supervisor of route delays and outstanding delivery situations
– Obtaining necessary delivery receipts
– Organizing and securing all route related paperwork
– Participating in efficient route planning
– Pick-up dispatched backhauls in a timely manner
– Cultivating respectful working relationships with all customer personnel
– Contributing ideas for individual and team improvement
– Actively supporting other team members in a direct and respectful fashion
– Participating in related team projects and activities

Position requirements include:
– Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
– Class A or B California driver’s license required
– Able to operate an electric Pallet Jack
– Able to operate a hand truck
– 2-3 years delivery driving experience, preferably with a fresh produce company but not necessary
– Familiarity with Bay Area traffic patterns
– Ability to read directions and use a street map to plot delivery route
– Ability to maintain logs and records
– Strong communication skills
– Excellent customer service ability
– Ability to respond to feedback from others
– Ability to present oneself professionally in customer-facing situations
– Ability to maintain respect and composure in stressful situations
– Attention to detail
– Desire to support other team members
– High energy!
– Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members
– Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis
– Ability to read, write and understand English
– Basic Warehouse experience

The above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.

Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program. Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Wage range:
Class B Drivers: $18.50 – $22.50 DOE
Class A Drivers: $23.50 – $26.50 DOE

$1000.00 sign on bonus with successful completion of 90 day introductory period.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:

Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave., Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94124

HR@earlsorganic.com

Hiring Janitor

Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, is seeking a dedicated and energetic person to join the custodial team. They would report to the Director of operations. Earl’s is looking for someone with with good attention to detail and strong communication skills to join our rapidly growing company.

Primary responsibilities include:
• Sweep and mop office floors
• Gather and empty trash, recycling, and compost daily
• Service, clean, sanitize, and supply restrooms daily
• Clean kitchen and break rooms
• Clean windows and mirrors, using cleaners, sponges, and squeegees.
• Dust furniture, walls, machines, and equipment.
• Mix water and detergents prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
• Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
• Monitor building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors after operating hours and checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
• Move heavy furniture, equipment, and supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks.
• Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
• Keep track of supplies and equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties. Request replacements when necessary
• Maintain detailed and accurate cleaning logs and records
• Perform all tasks in accordance with the company’s food safety policy
• Work closely with the other custodial staff on duty and the operations team
• Light warehouse maintenancePosition requirements include:
• Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred
• Ability to lift 50lbs. throughout the work day
• Ability to follow very specific instructions
• Attention to detail
• Ability to maintain logs and records
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to respond to feedback from othersThe above is only a basic description of the position and it does not, nor is it intended to, outline all of the specifics of the responsibilities expected to be performed.
compensation: Starting at $15, DOE
employment type: full-timeEarl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental, vision, LTD and voluntary life, plus a company-sponsored retirement program. Earl’s Organic Produce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We work to embrace diversity in all its forms and strive to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email or come directly to:Earls Organic Produce
2101 Jerrold Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124HR@earlsorganic.com

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