The Nunes Company Breaks Ground On Farm Labor Housing In Salinas
by The Nunes Company
Posted: 2017-10-26 09:06:44 EST

After years of planning, shovels finally went in the ground this month on a four-acre parcel in Salinas, known as the Boronda neighborhood, for the second farmworker housing complex in the region.

Avila Construction of Monterey, CA, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on October 10, 2017 to honor the Hibino, Nunes, and Rodriguez families. These families recognize the need for beautiful, safe, and affordable housing for their company’s farm labor force.  This project received overwhelming support from city and county leaders, as well as affordable housing advocates in the region. Casa Boronda will not only serve as a model for the future of California agriculture, but also for the nation’s agriculture industry.

The Salinas Valley community is well known for embracing change, cutting-edge technology, sustainability and stewardship, and respect and care for the hard-working people who help to feed our nation. Casa Boronda, when completed, will be available for seasonal agricultural employees. This beautiful, new gated community will include six, two-story apartment buildings (75 units total) with up to eight residents and two full bathrooms per unit on a site that also includes two recreation rooms, a manager’s unit, laundry facilities, basketball and volleyball court, and a sports and recreation field.

The three families involved in this project shared a vision to do something innovative for their labor force that would not only help them recruit and retain employees, while providing an affordable and safe housing environment, but would also serve as a model for social responsibility in the agriculture industry. “This is a win-win situation for our employees, our company and our customers,” said Tom Nunes Jr. “It is not only the right time for such a large undertaking, it is simply the right thing to do.”

Nunes’ philosophy toward this project is shared by the entire group of families involved in bringing this dream to a reality. Mark Rodriguez, the spokesperson for the Rodriguez family and The Growers Company said, “We are blessed to be in this business, and doubly blessed to be able to provide beautiful housing for our employees. This project speaks to our three families’ commitment to the well-being of each and every employee who works for our companies.” Henry Hibino, partner in the project, grower and former mayor of Salinas, said, “Three very diverse families from very different backgrounds, coming together to accomplish a project like this is indeed rare in the agriculture industry. While we come from different cultures, we share the same core values of dignity and rewarding hard work.”

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by April 2018 with the first occupants moving in on or around May 1, 2018. The Casa Boronda partners are teaming up with another well-known and respected local, family-owned business, Avila Construction. It has expertise in building projects of this kind. In his remarks to the three families spearheading this project, Mike Avila, principal of Avila Construction said; “This is not only a great project for the employees of The Nunes Company; it is important work. It is the type of project everyone at Avila Construction can feel good about.”

The Nunes Company (owners of the Foxy and Foxy Organic brand names) has been a leader and innovator in the fresh produce industry for generations, the fourth generation now managing the family’s farming operation. The company farms more than 22,000 crop acres in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico as the Foxy brand was created to help introduce fresh produce to families throughout the United States and the world. The families share a vision, and are committed to improving the health of their land, vibrancy of their communities, and quality of life for their employees while growing produce of the highest quality.

For more information about Foxy and Foxy Organic visit www.foxy.com

Source: The Nunes Company