Ugandan farmers adopt new techniques to weather climate change

As climate change affects the traditional seasons, Ugandan farmers are adopting new measures to stay afloat — and increase the bottom line.
Sep 14, 2017

Sumas farmworker dies; colleagues fired after protesting working conditions

Sarbanand Farms fired farmworkers and evicted them from their housing, citing a strike that followed the collapse of a blueberry picker who later died.
Aug 10, 2017
Mauricio Soto who owns Arado Farms, grows raspberries on land he leases from Viva Farms along Highway 20 in the Skagit Valley. (Photo by Mike Siegal / The Seattle Times)

‘Incubator’ trains migrants to breathe life into dying family farms

There's a lot of rhetoric about immigrants threatening “American jobs.” But in the Skagit Valley, they may be the only ones who can save dying family farms.
Jan 26, 2017
(Photo from Flickr by wabatson)

State must protect Yakima Valley drinking water from cow manure

Lax Washington state dairy regulations are allowing cow manure to taint Yakima Valley drinking water.
Aug 23, 2016
Polish immigrants arriving in the U.S. around the turn of the century we're stereotyped as "farm people" and usually went straight to work as agricultural laborers or farmers. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Why today’s immigrants are shunning rural living

My friends are shocked to hear I’m considering doing something almost no immigrants do: moving to a rural area.
Jul 2, 2015

International sales of Washington apples spoiled in ports dispute

Washington's apple growers, others who rely on ports of Seattle and Tacoma say Pacific Maritime Association's and ILWU's contract dispute has hurt business.
Jan 15, 2015
Sakuma Bros. Farms entrance. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

Farm workers get a big payout, but state labor protections still failing

A local berry farm is paying out close to a million dollars to workers it abused last year. But is Washington's complaint-based system for regulating farm labor really helping?
Jun 25, 2014
Steve Sakuma, who handed over the reigns as CEO of Sakuma Brothers to Danny Weeden last year. (File photo by Ashley Stewart)

Sakuma speaks up: Farm labor pariah defends his family’s business

How an immigrant-owned family farm became a flashpoint for labor activism.
Feb 10, 2014