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Henderson County’s apple growers are dealing with a double whammy this year.
First, early frost and hail and then excessive heat curtailed the crop. And now they’re dealing with a severe shortage of farm workers to pick what apples are on the trees.
“Several growers can’t find help at all,” said Anthony Owens, a grower and president of the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association. “In some instances, it’s hard to find enough people to help harvest what you’ve got.”
Owens said Henderson County’s position as a “287(g)” county, meaning it serves as a federal holding and transportation hub for undocumented workers arrested in the mountains, has scared workers away.Read the full article