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As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

He has calculated that the pool of potential immigrants from rural Mexico shrinks every year by about 150,000 people.

By Geoffrey Mohan
La Times
Photography By Gary Coronado
July 21, 2017 | Reporting From Salinas, Calif.

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“We don’t see — no matter what happens — that the labor problem will be solved,” said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas.

That’s because immigrant farmworkers in California’s agricultural heartlands are getting older and not being replaced. After decades of crackdowns, the net flow across the U.S.-Mexico border reversed in 2005, a trend that accelerated through 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. And native-born Americans aren’t interested in the job, even at wages that have soared at higher than average rates.

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Fresno kids learning life lessons through hands-on farming

“I wouldn’t have even thought to try it. It sounded nasty to me,” student Qyerra Goree said. “I was like, ‘I’m not eating it.’ And then I ate it, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is good.'”

By Corin Hoggard
ABC30
July 22, 2017

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Hiding in the heart of the old southwest Fresno neighborhood is a small plot of hope. The kids walking through the corn stalks, and the vines are the hands who grew the crops from scratch.

“We’ve been growing the plants now for about two months,” Laila Else from Freedom School said.

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Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy

Kevin Krille, wife Jana and their son Justin, 2, enjoy the beets of their labour at the community allotment garden in Phyllis Rawlinson Park. – Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland

Currently there are 61 gardeners in this public garden and 60 more residents on the waiting list to rent plots.

By Teresa Latchford
York Region
July 22, 2017

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With Richmond Hill anticipating the development of a new allotment garden and four collective gardens within the next five years, town council unanimously approved a new community garden policy in order to provide consistent support that is fair and equitable.

“The town will provide support for the initial set up of the allotment gardens,” natural environment manager Ann Marie Farrugia said in a presentation to council.

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