In this Issue
What's next for farmworker housing?
Connecting food, farmers and families
Preparing the South Coast for disaster
Dear friend of Puente,

What's next for the rural South Coast and how does Puente fit in?

The future of our agricultural communities lies squarely on our people, and with the water and the land that surround us.

Puente works with passion and purpose to transform the South Coast into a more vibrant and caring community; a place with greater economic opportunity, and stronger bonds of friendship and trust among the diverse residents of our unique rural home.

 

We catalyze change by finding, honoring, and acting on solutions that help everyone in our community achieve their highest individual and community dreams. Puente champions solutions that build a better life for everyone in the community. 

 

With your help, Puente is working toward a community where everyone can prosper.
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Thank you,

Kerry Lobel, executive director
for the Puente Team
What's next for farmworker housing?

 

Marchi Farms made headlines last year when the County red tagged all of its housing units due to nitrate pollution in their drinking water. Marchi replaced the water system and the County of San Mateo required him to repair the properties that house low income farm and nursery workers and their families.  Earlier this year, the Pescadero-based employer paid $35,710 in back wages owed to 93 workers and $10,012 in civil money penalties to to the government after an investigation by the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Read the whole story. 
 
Deportations leave thousands of children in foster care

 

An unprecedented increase in the deportation of undocumented immigrants has left an estimated 5,100 children languishing in U.S. foster homes -- a troubling figure that could triple in the coming years, according to Applied Research Center.

"Shattered Families" the first report to analyze national data related to the separation of families involved in deportations, offers a look at the staggering human costs of our nation's  unjust immigration policies.
 
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Connecting food, farmers, and families

 

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In most communities, buying a head of lettuce, a pound of strawberries and some
brussels sprouts would be as simple as going to the supermarket.

But that's not the case in rural Pescadero - the farm-rich area that grows all those aforementioned crops yet is ironically removed from the retail sale of healthy produce.
Pescadero Grown!
Pescadero Grown!
Looking to connect the farmers to the families, Puente launched the first South Coast farmers markets this summer.
Dubbed "Pescadero Grown!", the new markets drew nearly 20 South Coast farmers and producers interested in selling their products directly to residents in La Honda and Pescadero.

Puente's innovative Pescadero Grown! Tokens program helped our low income neighbors double their purchases at the market. The markets were the only stores on the South Coast to accept CALFresh (Food stamps) and WIC Farmers' Market coupons. Many thanks to our neighbors as well as Get Healthy San Mateo for providing support for the markets.Read the whole story.
 
Preparing the South Coast for disaster

 

 
La Honda Fire Captain comments on Youth CERT Team in Tsunami evacuation
La Honda Fire Captain comments on Youth CERT Team in Tsunami evacuation
In response to the Tsunami Evacuation Order on March 11, Puente Youth Staff put their CERT Training Into Action, helping Red Cross and Emergency Officials provide a safe space for Spanish speaking Tsunami Warning evacuees. 

 

Since then, four bilingual members of the Puente Staff have become Certified Red Cross Instructors. Thanks to a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Puente will conduct CPR/AED and First AID trainings for the South Coast's childcare providers, residents at farms and nurseries, and key leaders in both English and Spanish speaking communities. Puente staff will also provide training for our neighbors living at Moonridge and Main Street apartments in Half Moon Bay.

 

Read the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Emergency Preparedness Guide

 

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