Copying and pasting this one straight from my inbox. Waste like this is just tremendously offensive.
I'll try and make it over there with my camera tonight.
Fife – Farmer set to lose crop on land slated to be bulldozed on Monday
(Excerpt from email written by Pierce County Farmbudsman, 08/23/08)
This is an urgent message about the imminent loss of about 20 acres of premium, cultivated blackberries and five acres of pumpkins that are scheduled to fall to the bulldozer on Monday at a property in Fife owned by American Fast Freight (contact info: 3502 Lincoln Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98421 - 253.680.2500 or 800.642.6664). The acreage had been leased to George Richter Farm and the operation was recently purchased by Sterino Farms following the death of George Richter this past winter.
Although the lease was intended to last until the end of September, American Fast Freight exercised a 90-day notice clause to terminate the lease early to develop the property. When the building permit from the City of Fife came through a bit earlier than expected the company decided to go full speed ahead to level the fields.
Although Jake Sterino has repeatedly asked for just 30 more days, the company refuses to budge and plans to bulldoze on Monday, August 25th. American Fast Freight's manager, Bruce Brown, and prime contractor, PO Construction, are convinced the pre construction work must begin immediately while soils are dry.
My heart goes out to Jake Sterino and George Richter Farm employees and family. After tending the crops, it must be sickening to see it go down in a day. I imagine a builder would feel the same if they saw a fire or wrecking ball go through a construction job just before it was complete. Just 30 more days would avert the loss of these crops expected to total a loss of wholesale product as high as $275,000, not to mention the lost wages of the 50 to 75 workers who would take in the harvest over the next month.
So... How Can You Help?
Show Up At the Field and Show Support or Write a Letter to the Editor
(Taken from most recent update by Pierce County Farmbudsman - 08/22/08)
KOMO News 4 spent the morning at the field and will return tonight at about 5:30 for a LIVE broadcast.
They may also come back bright and early Monday morning to cover the events as they unfold when George Richter Farm will have their employees at work as usual despite the plans of American Fast Freight to level the crop.
The farmers are asking all supporters to show up at the field at one or both times to demonstrate the importance of our local farm products! This harvest includes late season raspberries - a signature crop for George Richter Farms. If you want to know just how prized Richter berries are, they are even special ordered by former PM Margaret Thatcher!
The field is located just north of N Levee Rd E in Fife. Take 70th Ave E off Valley Ave or N Levee Rd and go east on 45th St Ct.
(anyone up for signs saying '30 more days'? ;)
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