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Trying To Find Enough Greenhouse Vegetable Workers? You’re Not Alone.

Updated: May 9

“At this time in the industry, greenhouse vegetable operations are having issues with workers carrying out crop labor activities such as crop management and maintenance, irrigation and harvesting,” he said. “It is also challenging to find people with skills to supervise the workers and help them to reach their full potential quickly in order to make businesses profitable.
Calderon said the H-2A program could be a good alternative for agricultural producers if federal officials can resolve some of the problems currently associated with it. In most cases, the productivity of H-2A contract workers can be substantially higher than local workers. He cited his experience with a greenhouse tomato operation which was able to operate with two H-2A workers per hectare, but required 9.8 locally-hired workers per hectare to perform the same tasks.


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