Immigrant-dependent Yakima Valley growers face new reality
November 26, 2017
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Last week, Miguel Gonzales worked quickly to pluck apples from trees in an orchard north of Tieton before the snow season arrives.
"We work seven days a week, but that's good," Gonzales said after climbing down a ladder. "There's not many people, so we have to work harder."
Gonzales worked alongside several laborers hired by local grower Apple King to harvest a crop belonging to another grower — apples that otherwise wouldn't have been picked.
Unable to find enough workers in an increasingly competitive labor market during prime harvest time, the grower told Apple K...