The idea germinated like a planted seed. Now, it’s about ready to bloom. After more than three years, local representatives of the Coastside’s farmworker community are nearly ready to unveil an opportunity that many farmers in the area might otherwise never access.

Rancho San Benito, a new farmworking cooperative, is in the final stages of becoming a certified nonprofit. The plan for the organization is to have farmworkers continue to work day jobs, but, in the evenings or off-hours, work on the Rancho San Benito property. There they will have an assigned plot of land to grow and sell their own crops, all while learning more about the commercial aspects of farming, land management and sustainable farming practices.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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POST is a great organization generally but particularly for facilitating this beneficial community effort. Nice news to read early on a Wednesday.

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