Professional weed trimmers could lose their jobs to automation

Imagine making $200 an hour trimming weed. Imagine working only a few months a year and then you were free to travel the world. This is the life of a “trimmigrant” — seasonal workers who descend on Northern California’s Emerald Triangle to spend a season trimming plants.

But with dropping prices for weed, the job of a trimmer is not as lucrative as it once was. And as prices fall, farmers are faced with having to cut costs.

The easiest way? Labour. Cue the robots.

Bloom Automation, launched in 2017, has developed an automated, image-based robotic trimmer able more at


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