Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.


Essential, but unprotected

SBC LULAC writes that the threat posed by the coronavirus is exacerbated for the farmworker community.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.


Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes in the House

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical, bipartisan step forward for both our farmers and farmworkers,” Congressman Jimmy Panetta said.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Dolores Huerta, and legislative aide Rita Durgin. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Business / Economy

State Assembly passes Farmworker Housing Act of 2019

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, is expected to streamline the process to build farmworker housing on agricultural land.

JSM Organics grows organic produce and flowers. Photos courtesy of JSM Organics.


JSM Organics receives national grant

Aromas farm awarded $5,000 to support sustainable agriculture practices.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.


Assemblyman Robert Rivas and UFW announce Farmworker Housing Act

"We must ensure that California's farmworkers and their children have the chance at a better life, and a brighter future," Rivas said.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.


Panetta and others introduce legislation to provide earned pathway to citizenship to farmworkers

"This bill provides these men and women with a way to earn their citizenship by contributing to our agriculture and our communities," Panetta said.

Bus tour members sample a variety of products made from raw goat milk at Evergreen Acres Dairy.


Busloads of tourists visit San Benito County organic ag operations

The tour of San Benito County organic farming operations was organized by EcoFarm, a conference held in Monterey every year.

Mariá Ines Catalán at the La Fogata counter.


Floods damage organic farm, not the drive to succeed

After years of building her business, Maria Inez Catalán faces hurdles head-on as she pledges to bounce back from Lovers Lane flooding

Locally grown lunch in the Grogen House, a celebration in itself.


Growing a connection to the land

Rural communities work to keep their identity and quality of life, while building economic strength

Carrie Schloss gives a presentation on the interactive tools now available on the Pajaro Compass website.


Pajaro Compass Network launches with community support

The Pajaro Compass Network launched this Thursday morning with a workshop aimed at connecting community members with like-minded peers and potential sources of funding. The PCN also debuted their new interactive web tools at the event.


Children and Youth

Hands-on Science in Preschool

Sacred Heart Parish School preschool students get a hands-on lesson in life science

Chipotle Mexican Restaurants under investigation for contamination.


Local Agriculture Law Firm Launches Website to Help Growers with Recalls

L+G LLP Attorneys at Law works with grower-shippers to handle potential product recalls and lawsuits

The new facility is only phase one of the company's plans to grow in the county.


New food processing plant to open in early October

New vegetable processing facility will increase employment in San Benito County

Jack Kimmich was injured on the job and looked for a new opportunity. He found it in pigs.


Pig farmer says San Benito County is hog heaven

Local pig farmer sells premium Kurobuta pork to chefs and resorts throughout California.

Goats graze pastures at a Tres Pinos farm. 2013 Photo courtesy Jane Hulme.


Tres Pinos Dairy Gains Certification

Small raw milk goat dairy gets certified after long struggle