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
Sakuma Bros. Farms entrance. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

Sakuma Brothers workers set union vote, berry boycott ends

Familias Unidas por la Justicia also announced that while workers vote, the boycott of Sakuma Brothers' berries has been called off.
Sep 6, 2016
Cilviana Hernandez (second from left) grew up in a Skagit Valley migrant farmworker family. Now she's part of the film "Every Row a Path" that details the challenges of migrant youth trying to balance work and education. (Photo courtesy Janice Blackmore)

Farmworker filmmakers put Skagit Valley migrant life on screen

The film “Every Row a Path,” which screens in Seattle this weekend, shows the challenges of growing up in the fields as a migrant farmworker.
Jun 24, 2016
Strawberries from a U-pick farm. (Photo from Flickr by Perry)

Boycott berries? A third generation Sakuma Brothers worker weighs in

A labor dispute has spread from one of Washington's biggest berry farms to the world's largest berry distributor. Should you boycott Sakuma Brothers and Driscoll's?
May 30, 2016
Author Seth Holmes (center) with Triqui family in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Who’s picking your produce?

Washington native Seth Holmes spent five years conducting research farm workers in Skagit Valley berry farms and found a disturbing pattern of "normalized" abuse.
Feb 24, 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