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More than 200 Central Coast farm workers receive checks in $30,000 unfair labor settlement

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More than 200 farmworkers received a piece of an informal settlement from Rancho Laguna Farms LLC on Sunday after an unfair labor practice charge.

The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) announced Saturday that 212 farmworkers would receive checks from the nearly $30,000 settlement.

ALRB representatives distributed the checks of varying amounts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Coast United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) Office at 120 E. Jones St., Santa Maria.

The pact stems from an unfair labor practice charge filed May 4 by CAUSE on behalf of workers at Rancho Laguna.

The charge alleged that Rancho Laguna unlawfully fired workers after they engaged in a work stoppage seeking to increase their wages, according to the ALRB.

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Volunteers ’glean’ local farms for leftover produce to combat hunger

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat
Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Under a searing blue sky on a recent 90-degree afternoon in the Dry Creek Valley, a group of amateur harvesters met at a local family farm to pick nectar white peaches and shishito peppers to take to local homeless shelters.

The meetup, organized by Healdsburg nonprofit Farm to Pantry, was one of a dozen recent “gleans” the group held at Sonoma County farms.

Gleaning can be defined as gathering leftover food from farms, gardens or orchards to give to those in need. The practice dates back to biblical times, when the poor were commonly guaranteed the right to comb through farmers’ fields after a harvest.

In recent years, volunteer organizations like Farm to Pantry have taken up the ancient tradition as a way to cut back on food waste and donate fresh, local produce to hunger relief efforts.

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