Slim Pickings

Vince Bucello for TIME

If Brighenti can't find workers to harvest her fruit, it will be left to rot

At 57, Susan Brighenti can still pick a large bin of oranges in just over an hour. The trouble is, few other Australians will even try to keep up. Last year, the citrus farmer from Griffith, New South Wales, was forced to leave 15 acres (6 hectares) of Clementine mandarins, worth about $300,000, hanging from the trees in her family's orchard.

Unable to find 20 pickers for the two-week job, Brighenti and her family had to ignore the mandarins to concentrate on their more valuable navel oranges, 80% of which are shipped fresh to...

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