Alfonso Calvillo
Alfonso Calvillo
25 years at Gerawan Farming.
Sister Lucy
Sister Lucy
Every child deserves a chance.
Martha Medrano
Martha Medrano
A Bright Future.
Veronica Diaz
Veronica Diaz
A company of opportunities.
Edgardo Gomez
Edgardo Gomez
Encouraging achievement.

Working Conditions

Compliance. Consistent regulatory compliance can only be achieved with a proactive approach. Gerawan Farming's standards always exceed regulatory requirements. In fact, in the last fifteen years, with thousands of employees and millions of hours worked, only five complaints have been filed with Cal-OSHA, and all five were proven to have no merit.

Safety: Third parties constantly praise us for our amazing safety record. It’s no accident that our workers’ compensation provider confirms we are in the top 1% of the industry’s safest employers.

Water: We go above and beyond regulatory requirements and proudly provide purified, filtered water to all of our employees including fieldworkers. We also have an unprecedented practice of delivering cold sport drinks to fieldworkers during the summer. In the past, we have spent over $100,000 on sport drinks in a single year.

Cleanliness: We maintain a high level of cleanliness in our orchards, facilities, and restrooms. Employees tell us our sanitation is the best. A dedicated group of sanitation employees and processes had made sure that in 25 years more than forty enforcement inspections, our portable restroom facilities have never been found unsanitary.

Compensation

Gerawan Farming sets the standard for higher wages. Our reputation is that we always exceed industry average wages and are the first to increase wages. Employees tell us that one of the many reasons they enjoy working at Gerawan Farming is because we pay the highest wages. In 2018, $11.00 per hour was the minimum wage and was known to be the normal industry wage in our area. However, there are no industry-conducted surveys that we could find that accurately reflect that fact. So, we included two surveys for the same year that seem to be closest to reality.

In addition to our high wages, eligible employees receive annual bonuses and other benefits uncommon in our industry. Over the last eighteen years, thousands of Gerawan employees who work at least 1,200 hours during the year have received millions of dollars in retirement and vacation pay.

Gerawan employees who...

Gerawan Average

BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS1 (Mean Hourly Wage)

FRESNO COUNTY2 (Mean Hourly Rate)

Only packed grapes (piecework)

$20.59

Only picked grapes (piecework)

$21.96

$11.15

$11.35

Only field marking (piecework)

$27.14

All field labor hourly base rate

$12.00

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2017 Data (released March 30, 2018). Wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in Fresno, CA (a metropolitan statistical area in California). Link here: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_23420.htm#45-0000

2 Employment Development Department, Labor Market Division, 2018 1st Quarter wage data for Fresno County (released June 2018). Link here: https://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/data/oes-employment-and-wages.html#OES

* Represents the Mean Hourly Wage.

Training

Gerawan Farming, in partnership with Fresno Pacific University, provided intensive English classes to employees. Gerawan Farming invested $100,000 to provide the facility, teachers, books, computers, and iPads for each student employee. Employees were paid to attend the classes, so they had no loss of income while learning English. Today, we can confidently say that the program’s objectives were met. It is rewarding to see employee individual growth and success. Well over 90% of these employees remain employed at Gerawan, all in supervisory level positions.

Tuition Aid

The Gerawan family has paid over $1 million for employees' children to attend the area’s private Catholic school, and has given grants and student loans to exceptional employees to pursue a higher education.

Workers' Compensation

We provide transportation to and from workers' compensation appointments, interpreters, and we compensate employees for their time while attending the appointments.

We have a friendly return-to-work program for employees who have a work injury or illness. We gladly accommodate any temporary physical restriction recommended by the physician during recovery.

If the physician recommends time off due to a work injury or illness, Gerawan Farming may offer to continue the employee's full salary for that period to ease any financial hardship on the employee.

Open Door Policy

Our culture of professionalism, fairness, and respect is well known among farm workers. For decades, we have empowered employees through our worker-rights advocacy outreach. Employees have direct access to communicate suggestions or complaints to the owners. In fact, co-owner Dan Gerawan is fluent in Spanish and has frequent contact with employees at all levels. We listen and act. Our success in resolving workplace issues to employee satisfaction is evident by our employee retention rate and the fact that no discrimination complaints have ever been filed by DFEH, EEOC, or private law firms.

Employee Advancement

Because we pay the highest wages, we attract and train workers looking for opportunities for growth. Most of our supervisors and managers were promoted from general labor positions.

Community

  • Historic Farmland Easement. In 2011, Gerawan Farming voluntarily placed over 9,000 acres of actively farmed land into a permanent agricultural conservation easement. This created a legal commitment to keep the land in agriculture forever. This historic easement is the largest of its kind in the state.
  • Employee Outreach. Gerawan Farming has a long-standing philosophy of reaching out to its workers and the farm worker community in general. Our "Conozca Sus Derechos" public service announcements appeared in print, radio, and TV to advise farmworkers on labor-related topics and services available to the community.
  • We participate in networking events and career fairs at universities to help students broaden their understanding of the labor market.
  • We offer tours to academic institutions and their students to help them with their educational goals.
  • Our executives guest lecture at university classes.
  • We support law enforcement by frequently loaning our facilities for training.
  • We support fire fighters by donating training facilities.
  • We sponsor community events and frequently donate to local charities and churches.
  • We frequently donate to local charities and churches.
  • Not only do we rely on the natural energy of the sun to produce sweet juicy peaches, two solar energy farms provide most of the electricity needed to pack them as well.