KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BURLINGTON, Wash. – Sakuma Brothers Farms in Skagit County says it is dealing with labor shortages, but is getting more community support.
The farm has been in labor disputes with farm workers since last year’s berry picking season.
Steve Sakuma says people have called, emailed and shown their support at events like the Berry Dairy Days Parade.
Despite advocacy groups saying there were enough domestic workers, he says they didn’t have enough people show up for the recent strawberry harvest.
He says they had to leave 400,000 lbs. in the fields.
He hopes the workers’ issues can be resolved, so that more will turn up for the blueberry harvest in a couple weeks.