Labor isn’t often an issue for growers of South Florida’s avocados and tropicals, says Peter Leifermann, director of sales and fruit procurement for Brooks Tropicals LLC in Homestead.
“We have a base of year-round agriculture, so when we’re not picking tropical fruit, there are tomatoes, squash and beans to harvest,” he says. “The labor doesn’t go north when the production moves north on the vegetables. We’re in a situation where we don’t need so much itinerant labor.”
Leifermann says many workers choose to remain in the Homestead area.