Monday, July 5, 2010

Organic farmers probed by state over free labor

"Under normal circumstances, San Anselmo vegetable grower Jerome Draper doesn't have - or need - a lot of help. His father and mother are usually enough to gather up the tomatoes and other crops Draper raises on his one-acre organic farm.
"I pay my dad $1 a year, and he splits it with my mom," Draper said.

Occasionally, however, Draper receives a visit from his sister, his niece and his nephew, who pitch in with a few odd chores around the farm. Draper doesn't pay those relatives, though he does provide his sister with vegetables to feed her family.

That decision earned Draper a $1,050 fine last month from the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement."

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