No Labor Shortage In NCW Cherry Orchards

Labor shortage

It appears that concerns about a labor shortage for the cherry harvest are not proving to be a problem, at least not in Chelan County. The manager of the State-run migrant labor camp at Monitor says the facility is full with 348 workers. He talked with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair about the facility and provided us with an update on how many workers are housed there during this year’s harvest and its uncertain future.

We also spoke with Jesus Martinez who with his family migrates each year north from California to pick cherries in NCW . . .

The labor camp is also used by growers during the pear and apple harvest.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.