We live in a bountiful part of New York, with lots of fruit trees and vineyards dotting the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes region. Immigrants come here annually from Mexico and Jamaica to tend the trees, prune the vineyards, and help pick the fruit. Some of their jobs have been replaced by machinery, but one of the essential jobs they do, which no machine can manage, is cut away the creepers that climb the trees.
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The trees in the photos are across the road from my house. Neither have been cared for or pruned in recent years, but the one has lots of apples growing on it. The other tree right next to it has creepers growing around the trunk. It is surprising to see how few apples there are it and the ones it does have are undersized and uneatable.
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