MEDFORD, OR -Its day 16 of pear harvesting and these pears only have a three-week window to get picked. There are rows and rows of pears are ready for harvest.
John Neilsen the farm manager at Medford Pear Orchard The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says the fruit seems to be growing and doing quite well in spite of the smoke and he says these pears and their trees are completely fine even with the smoke.
There farm’s primary concern is about the workers. The workers are all volunteers and smoke or no smoke they are needed to pick all these pears.
Neilsen says there is some concern, of course we tell people that if they have concerns about their personal health that they know what their limitations are and we understand.
Every harvest the farm sees about 20,000 hours of labor donated and this year doesn't seem to be any different.
Once the pears are picked they are stored and then canned for a good cause.
Neilsen says the purpose is to give members of the church an opportunity to help the poor and needy by producing pears, we also can the pears and to preserve them and distribute throughout the country to those in need.