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Qualifications

Laborers for the crew typically start out with minimal qualifications or experience. Really, many have not graduated from high school or are even literate. (We could say whatever we wanted to about them right now and they would have no way of knowing. But we won’t, because it’s below us.) Growing cut flowers is a bit more intensive and interesting than growing other agricultural commodities, but quite similar, so it attracts an abundance of unskilled labor that would not be qualified for other work. Delivery drivers, who are needed to get produce to market, must have a driver's license and a good driving record for insurance reasons. (Almost all produce in the floriculture industry gets delivered instead of picked-up.) Managers, like production managers or operations managers, should have some management experience and education. Sadly, not many in the floriculture industry have an education in horticulture.

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