By Dua Anjum Residents of an unincorporated Ventura County neighborhood fear a farmworker housing project will cause environmental, traffic and safety problems. Jack Dempsey used to look out at a lemon tree orchard from his backyard in Valley Vista, an unincorporated neighborhood between Ventura and Ojai. Now, he sees the land on 4884 N. Ventura… Read More

By John Krist and Linda Parks A large part of Ventura County’s charm and beauty is due to the persistence of its robust agricultural community, which cultivates a rich landscape of fields and orchards. Unlike most of urban and suburban Southern California, our cities and rural communities have distinct identities, surrounded and separated by this… Read More

Ventura County – About 80 farmworkers and their family members turned out for a recent community meeting convened to gather information about their living conditions, transportation patterns and housing needs. Hosted by the County of Ventura, in collaboration with the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and the advocacy organization House Farm Workers! (HFW!), the Oct.… Read More

We have had an impressive and productive past few months, and there is much to share with you! In March, we started visiting the Ventura County Board of Supervisors individually to either introduce them to House Farm Workers! and what we do or thank them for their ongoing support of affordable housing. Our first visit… Read More

Cultivating Safe Spaces: House Farm Workers! advocates for safe, decent and secure housing for ag employees. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Ventura County is blessed with a tremendous agricultural bounty. The area’s fields, ranches and farms cover thousands of acres, producing numerous fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. An industry that generates over $1 billion in… Read More