Fall abundance has finally arrived! Unfortunately our workers have not. This week we’re watching acres and acres of hibiscus, sweet potatoes, peas, and turnips ripen in the field but who will pick them all? For seven years we’ve been trying to hire Americans to help us in our fields. Our current starting rate for professional picking is $11.29/hr and this includes your rent and lots of food from the farm. This season we have posted ads in four different states and have had 0 applicants. This country of imperialists forces us to look elsewhere for our labor force required to bring you all the great veggies every week. We participate in the H-2A visa program, a process the requires approval from the County government, State Government, US Department of Labor, and USCIS. The last of these departments appears to be the most underfunded and is allowed 60 days to turn around requests for information. All other departments have approved our application but USCIS has held up all our applicants due to the paperwork of only two of the applicants. We may have to wait months to resolve the issue when all other departments have granted our request of 10/1/18 start date for our workers.