YUBA COUNTY, CA - News stories about the current shortage of workers to pick peaches in the Yuba Sutter area have prompted a flurry of calls to the Yuba Sutter Farm Bureau.
"We've actually been completely inundated with calls from folks looking for work," said Megan Foster, the farm bureau executive director.
And at least some growers are willing to give the unemployed a chance.
"Yes," said grower Sarb Johl. "If you could just get the 17 percent unemployed to go out and do what needs to be done, definitely it would help."
But other growers weren't so sure. Peach pickers are usually paid around $16 per bin and it takes an experienced worker about an hour to fill a bin. An inexperienced worker could take a lot longer but would still have to be paid minimum wage which could end up costing the grower money.
On top of that, it isn't that easy.