Ag Against Hunger becomes a core program of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation

Group to focus on gleaning, education and food security

SALINAS, Calif – April 23, 2019 – The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and educating the social and economic value agriculture brings to the community, is pleased to announce the adoption of Ag Against Hunger as their newest educational program.

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s decision to adopt Ag Against Hunger is part of the nonprofit’s strategy to educate and inform Central Coast communities about the positive impact agriculture makes to all our lives. Alongside salad bar initiative More Produce in Schools, executive training program AgKnowledge and their Greater Vision series (in partnership with California State University, Monterey Bay), Ag Against Hunger will complement the Foundation’s overall effectiveness by increasing gleaning opportunities, educational and health-focused programming.

Lorri Koster, former chairman and CEO of Mann Packing Company, is one of the early leaders of Ag Against Hunger and served on a task force to see how the non-profit may evolve to avoid a duplication of services with the food bank and enhance gleaning and outreach programs. Koster is also a board member of the GSA Foundation. She comments, “Now that the Food Bank for Monterey County’s new, expanded facility is open, transitioning Ag Against Hunger to strictly a gleaning and advocacy organization is a real win-win. This new model will avoid unnecessary duplication in the food distribution system. The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is ideally suited to add Ag Against Hunger as one of our programs with a focus on expanding gleaning and outreach opportunities. The ag community has always been committed to feeding the hungry. Now, between the food bank distribution system and Ag Against Hunger’s expanded gleans, hungry people in our communities will get even more fresh produce on their tables.”

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AgKnowledge Welcomes Class XIII 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Lisa Dobbins, Executive Director
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
512 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Lisa@GrowerShipperFoundation.org
Cell # 831-588-4505

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class XIII 2019

Salinas, CA (February 2019) The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is pleased to announce the 2019 AgKnowledge Program Class XIII Fellows. These 22 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in a nine-month executive educational program. AgKnowledge provides participating fellows a deeper understanding about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

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AgKnowledge Class XI 2017

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2017

Contact:

Lisa Dobbins, AgKnowledge Program Coordinator
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
512 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Lisa@GrowerShipperFoundation.org
Cell # 831-588-4505

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class XI 2017

Salinas, CA (March 1, 2017)  The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is pleased to announce the 2017 AgKnowledge Program Class XI Fellows. These 22 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in a nine-month executive leadership program. AgKnowledge educates participating fellows about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

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Brian Antle Discusses 2016 Greater Vision Event

MONTEREY, CA – As California continues to grow as a vital center for fresh produce growth and innovation, the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, in collaboration with CSU Monterey Bay College of Business and PG&E, is kicking off its annual Greater Vision 2016 educational event tomorrow, October 26th. This year’s topic…The Future of Labor: The Impact of Technology on Employment and Community Life in the Salinas Valley.

Brian Antle, Vice President of Harvest at Tanimura & Antle and a guest speaker at the event, joined me to discuss the impact of such a program and what the pressing issues of today mean for California.

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Agriculture Insight

Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture message on the importance of rural America. He talks about where most of our food comes from and the role water, and energy plays. Secretary Vilsack shares how we should have a value system that cares about the land and value what the land gives to us, and we need to give back to the land, care for it and nurture the soil. Rural America needs to have the respect it deserves as it deals with problems and conflicts within Agriculture. Secretary Vilsack goes on to say that every one of us who is not a farmer, depends on farmer. Less than 1/10 of 1% of America are farmers growing and providing American and the world with fresh food. This allows the rest of the country to be free to do whatever they want, to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people because you do not have to grow your own food. Farmers do that work for us and make sure grocery stores have food for us when we decide to shop. The bottom line is, we do not show value and appreciation to farmers, we don’t celebrate farmers enough Secretary points out clearly in his You Tube message.

AgKnowledge Program Welcomes Class X 2016

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class X 2016

Salinas, CA (March 1, 2016) The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is pleased to announce the 2016 AgKnowledge Program Class X Fellows.

These 20 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in a nine-month executive leadership program. AgKnowledge educates participating fellows about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

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