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Jamaicans ensure Vermont apple crop's success

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Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LEONARD JOHNSON, A seasonal apple picker from Jamaica, picks with both hands in New Haven last week as he works to clear a tree of apples that will be used for cider making at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury. Johnson is one of more than 200 seasonal pickers currently working in Addison County. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — The success of one of Vermont’s most iconic crops — crisp Vermont apples and the acres of picturesque orchards that produce them — rests quite literally in the hands of workers from an island nation over 2,000 miles to the south.

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