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Fees put financial strain on farmer

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WAPATO, Wash. -   Katsumi Taki is the owner of Taki Farms in Wapato. He has been an organic farmer for eleven years.

Taki's 15 acre organic farm produces pretty much everything from fruits and vegetables to chicken eggs.

However, these aren't the only things growing for Taki. The fees to keep his organic label are also growing, which is putting a financial strain on his business, he said. 

The organic industry hasn't really caught on in the Yakima Valley, Taki said. Add that to mounting certification fees, and you get a number of organic farmers struggling just to get by.  

"{You) can't survive doing farming," Taki said. "(It's) very difficult. My wife now has to go outside for work."  

If it wasn't for his markets in Seattle, and the Farmers Market in Yakima, Taki said doesn't know what he would do.

"Almost all of my customers move from California, Seattle, Portland to Yakima," Taki said.  

Fortunately for Taki, it's not about making lots of money, it's about the love of growing healthy fruits and vegetables for his customers. 

"I enjoy it, my customers enjoy it," Taki said. "Many customers appreciate that I grow organic. I do too."