strawberries http://kplu.org en Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington http://kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-strike-again-burlington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm </span><a href="http://karani.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/huelga-Mixteco-and-Triqui-farmworkers-commence-second-work-stoppage-at-Sakuma-brothers-farms-inc/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have walked off the job</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at <a href="http://sakumabros.com/" target="_blank">Sakuma Brothers Farms</a> in Burlington. Many of those berries are sold to Haagen-Dazs for ice cream. The workers in question have been earning $3.50 per a flat of blueberries, which is about 12 pints. They say they can’t pick them fast enough to earn a fair wage.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:22:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9404 at http://kplu.org Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington Farmer: Without illegal immigrants, strawberry farms fail http://kplu.org/post/farmer-without-illegal-immigrants-strawberry-farms-fail <p>A crackdown on illegal immigrants would put local strawberry farmers out of business.</p><p>That&rsquo;s what one leading farmer in Skagit County <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/08/02/2121618/washington-state-farmers-fear.html">told the Bellingham Herald</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 21:35:09 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2244 at http://kplu.org Farmer: Without illegal immigrants, strawberry farms fail Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop http://kplu.org/post/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington-strawberry-crop <p>A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.</p><p>One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of <a href="http://barbiesberries.com/">Barbie&#39;s Berries</a> in Ferndale, <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/05/27/2033431/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington.html#storylink=mirelated">told The Bellingham Herald</a> the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries. Fri, 27 May 2011 20:29:48 +0000 Gary Crawford 1692 at http://kplu.org Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop