Marchi Central Farms will pay more than $100,000 as part of a settlement deal with a group of former tenants who say they were living for years in substandard conditions. The deal was announced last month.
The payment will be split between seven plaintiffs, including three minors, who formerly inhabited farm-labor housing at the Marchi family property near Pescadero.
The tenants sued their former landlord following a series of 2010 violations found by health inspectors at the farm dwellings. San Mateo County health officials red-tagged the homes after discovering tap water being piped through the bathroom and kitchen faucets contained nitrates at levels six times the legal limit. Nitrates, a possible byproduct of fertilizers, are considered a toxic substance known to cause organ failure in humans.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of tenants last year also took aim at the farm owners for a host of other violations, including rodent infestations, leaky fixtures, poor heating and dangerous wiring.
The plaintiffs were represented in the case by the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, which is also seeking to have the defendants repay their legal costs.
The Marchi farm owners indicated the lawsuit settlement should be covered under their insurance policy.