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Washington Farmworkers Start Their Own Cooperative

Hernandez is the co-leader of Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad, where he and co-leader Ramon Torres have established a pesticide-free, farmworker-run berry cooperative on 65 acres of land on Central Road between Everson and Lynden. Hernandez and Torres began renting the land last October, and this summer marks their first berry harvest. 

The cooperative celebrated with a berry picking event at the farm with grassroots organization Community to Community Development on Sunday, June 30. Families and individuals came from as far as Seattle to pick raspberries and blueberries and talk with farmers over food and drink.

Read the rest at the Lynden Tribune


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