Civil Eats: Automated Harvest Is Coming. What Will it Mean for Farmworkers and Rural Communities?
Read more on Civil Eats about how advanced.farm is one of several companies improving the quality of work and keeping farming affordable through automation.
It’s a misty morning near Salinas, California and the advanced.farm TX harvester—a lightweight, driverless tractor covered in canvas—is picking strawberries. Like a dot-matrix printer moving along a page, the harvester’s robotic hands move back and forth along the beds, scanning for signs of red. When it identifies a ripe berry, it dives down, gently plucks it from the plant, and places it in a crate….