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America’s largest garlic farm needs 1,000 workers to harvest its annual crop but faces an unexpected hurdle in this year’s recruitment drive: It now must document and track the COVID-19 vaccine status of these seasonal laborers.

Employers in California’s Santa Clara County, including Christopher Ranch, have been required since June 1 to ascertain if their workers have been vaccinated and check in every 14 days on those who say they have not or who decline to answer.

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