US (CA): Kawahara Nurseries to expand to San Benito County

Kawahara Nurseries, which is based in Morgan Hill, is looking to open a year-round wholesale agricultural facility on Anzar Road in San Benito County.

The planning commission on June 16 approved Kawahara Nurseries’ application for an agricultural facility use permit on a 104-acre property that sits on the east side of Highway 101 behind Anzar High School. The agricultural property is currently used for active farming.

The project proposed by Kawahara Nurseries includes an 18,000-square-foot covered shipping and staging area; 36,000-square-foot shipping and handling greenhouse; 18,000-square-foot production greenhouse; and more than 500,000 square feet of “growing block greenhouses in three main blocks,” says a San Benito County Planning staff report.

The proposed wholesale nursery will grow an assortment of plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, ground covers, ornamental grasses and others.

Water for the project would come from an existing well on site, according to county staff. The current agricultural user of the property uses a maximum of 625,000 gallons of water per day. County staff expect the new Kawahara Nurseries project will use about 507,000 gallons per day.

At full buildout, the ag operation is expected to employ up to 15 people on the weekdays and one or two on the weekends, the county staff report says.

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