Agknowledge Class XI Press Release

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March 1, 2017

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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.

2017 AgKnowledge Class XI- Fellows

Sean Capistrano – Manager, Hayashi Wayland
Amy Clymo – Engineering and Compliance Manager, Monterey Bay Air Resources District
Jay Donato – Internal Organizer, SEIU Local 521
Shawne Ellerbee - Deputy Director of Administrative Services, RMA, County of Monterey
Paul Farmer – CEO, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
Scott Fausti - Associate Professor of Ag Business, CSUMB-College of Business
Ben Figueroa – Vice President of Administrative Services, Hartnell Community College
Krista Hanni - Planning, Evaluation, and Program Manager, Monterey County Health Department
Hannah Wallis – Agricultural Programs Biologist, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Pamela Krone-Davis – Agricultural Water Quality Coordinator, CA Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA
Khaled Mabrouk – Owner/Operational Engineering Leader, Sustainable Productivity Solutions
Clementina Macias – Director of Farmworker Education & Advancement Program, Hartnell Community College
Jacob Martinez – Founder, Executive Director, Digital Nest
Amanda McEldowney – Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Andy Myrick - Economic Development Manager, City of Salinas
Kate Roberts – President, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
Roger Royse – Owner, Royse Law Firm – AgTech
Enrique Saavedra – Acting Chief of Roads & Bridges, RMA, County of Monterey
Rosemary Soto – Office of Community Engagement and Strategic Advocacy/Manager of Gang Violence Prevention Initiative, Monterey County Administrative Office
Sandra Tauriac - Hazardous Materials Management Service Supervisor, Monterey County Department of Environmental Health
April Theis, Administrative Assistant, Monterey County Farm Bureau
Jill Townzen - California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Chief Legislative Analyst

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The AgKnowledge Program focuses on issues and public policies affecting and influencing the local Monterey County agricultural industry. The issues include but are not limited to food safety, food security, labor, immigration, technology, agri-marketing, conservation and the environment, urban-agriculture interface, air, and water.

The Fellows will spend nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending scientific and policy forums, visiting farms and processing facilities along with meeting key leaders and innovators within the fresh produce industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is the “Boots on the Ground Day,” spending time with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a hands-on perspective.

The AgKnowledge Program is supported by the CalAgPlate Grant Program.

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www.growershipperfoundation.org

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

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.

 

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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.

Class X 2016 AgKnowledge

Allison Barrientos, Advisor, Integris Wealth Management

Shannon Bliss, Dean of Academic Affairs, Hartnell College

Gail Borkowski, Clerk of the Board, County of Monterey

Jesse Cuevas, Director of Legislation & Policy, CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

Lisa Dobbins, Consulting Manager, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Dan Dobrilovic, Deputy Building Official, County of Monterey

Marni Flagg, Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, County of Monterey

Regina Gage, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels

John Guertin, Deputy RMA Director, County of Monterey

Abigail Hart, Agriculture Project Director, Nature Conservancy

Tami Hill, Administrative Assistant, Monterey County Farm Bureau

Iris Medina, Programs Assistant II, Hartnell College

Forest Melton, Senior Research Scientist, CSUMB

Rich Ordonez, Chief Deputy Ag Commissioner, County of Monterey

Aljantro Rayburn, Organizer, Teamsters 890

Juan Rodriguez, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey

Tom Rolander, AgSoft Consulting, CSUMB College of Business

Cheryl Sandoval, Environmental Health Supervisor, County of Monterey

Jacob Shafer, Marketing & Communication Coordinator, Mann Packing

Christina Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance, CSUMB

 The AgKnowledge Program focuses on issues and public policies affecting and influencing the local Monterey County agricultural industry. The issues include but are not limited to food safety, food security, labor, immigration, technology, agri-marketing, conservation and the environment, urban-agriculture interface, air, and water.

The Fellows will spend nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending scientific and policy forums, visiting farms and processing facilities along with meeting key leaders and innovators within the fresh produce industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is the “Boots on the Ground Day,” spending time with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a hands-on perspective.

GSAF logo

www.growershipperfoundation.org

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class IX Graduation

Salinas, CA November 1, 2015

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the County of Monterey Agricultural Commissioner, announces the 2015 AgKnowledge Program Class IX Graduating Fellows. These 23 community members will graduate from the AgKnowledge program after participating in a nine-month executive leadership program. The program focused on educating the participants about Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

The graduation will take place on Friday, November 13 at Tanimura & Antle, 1 Harris Road, Speckles, CA.

The AgKnowledge program focuses on issues affecting and influencing the local agricultural industry. The issues include food safety and security, labor, immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, pesticides, water and much more. The Fellows spent nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending seminars and visiting farms and processing facilities while meeting leaders and innovators in the produce industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is “Day with a Farmer”, a day the class fellow spends with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a “boots on the ground” perspective.

2015 AgKnowledge Class IX- Graduating Fellows

Bob Abrams, Ph.D., P.G., C.Hg. Consulting Hydrogeologist
Roberto Avila, Director of Innovation, Mann Packing Co. Inc.
Mari Beraz, Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector, Monterey County
Joanne Bravo, Vice President, Pinnacle Bank
Tim Burns, Code Compliance Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency
Freda Escobar, Permit Coordinator Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency
Angel Garibaldo, Business & Marketing/Communications Strategist, Avenue 831 Consulting Group
Lina Gomez, CFO, Genesis Freight Lines
Teo Gonzalez, Chief Deputy, Monterey County Ag Commissioner
Jerry Hernandez, Analyst, Monterey County Economic Development Department
Kiely Holcomb, CPA, Manager, Hayashi & Wayland
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, MPH, Assistant Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department
Greg Long, Regional Sales Manager, Central Coast Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
Justin Magaleno, Senior Sales Representative, C.H. Robinson Company
Bard Mansager, Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Mary Grace Perry, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey, Office of the County Counsel
Jessica Potts, Executive Director, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
Susan Rimando, Environmental Health Specialist, Monterey County Health Department
Marissa Ritter, Director of Marketing & Communications, Grower-Shipper Association
Sumadhur Shakya, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, California State University Monterey Bay College of Business
Josh Stratton, Chief of Staff, Monterey County Supervisor John Phillips
Thomas Truszkowski, Deputy City Manager & Community, Development Director, City of Gonzales
Sarah Wood, Editor and Publisher, Edible Magazine of Monterey Bay

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Grower-Shipper Association Foundation: http://growershipperfoundation.org
The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

Greater Vision 2015

Greater Vision is an annual ag based event attended by over students, farmers, shippers and members of the community at the CSUMB’s University Center. This year, the program is scheduled for 11/5/15, Thursday, from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Ball Room of the University Center at CSUMB with an Expo prior and after the program. The 2015 topic is: Emergent Technologies - How is Technology Transforming Agribusiness?
We are hoping to carry the lively conversation and results launched by the Forbes AgTech Summit and the Precision Agriculture Initiative of the SIC to understand and frame the role of technology in the transformation of the region.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - NOVEMBER 5, 2015

7:35am – 8:00am
Check in for Expo/Expo Set up

8:00am – 9:00am
Expo Opens at 8am/Closes at 9am

8:00am – 9:05am
Meeting Call to Order by Chair of the College of Business
Dr. Marylou Shockley

9:05am – 9:10am
Welcome and Introductions by Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Shyam Kamath

9:10am – 9:15am
Welcome and Introductions by CSUMB President Dr. Eduardo Ochoa

9:15am – 9:50am
Dennis Donohue Opening & Tom Rolander Keynote Address –
Emergent Technologies - How is Technology Transforming Agribusiness?

9:50am – 11:05am
Lorri Koster: Remarks and Comments
Kevin Murphy: Remarks & Comments
Bob Whittaker: Remarks & Comments

11:05am – 11:35am
Questions and Answers:
Dennis Donohoe, Moderator

11:35am – 12:00pm
Questions from the Audience

12:00pm – 2:00pm
Expo Reopens

3:00 PM
Expo Closed

MEET THE SPEAKERS

Tom Rolander

Tom Rolander currently works at AgSoft Consulting. He recently left a position as the Software Architect for Ecopia Farms in Campbell, CA. As a co-founder of several successful startups, Rolander has been in key management and engineering leadership roles. At Digital Research he was VP of Operating Systems, where he designed the multi-tasking (MP/M) and network (CP/NET) operating systems and was acquired by Novell. At KnowledgeSet he was VP of Engineering, where he led the development of the first encyclopedia (Grolier) on CD-ROM and was acquired by Banta. At PGSoft he was founding CEO and VP of Engineering, where he led the development of the iFolder and was acquired by Novell. At CrossLoop he was the founding CEO and CTO as the lead developer of the CrossLoop screen sharing products and was acquired by AVG.

Rolander's awards include the 2013 Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, the 2009 Spirit of Innovation Award from NYU-Polytechnic, delivering the 2009 EE Commencement Address at the University of Washington, a US Patent "Server for Synchronization of Files" in 2006, and for iFolder as the 2003 Codie Award for Best Storage Software. Rolander holds MSEE and BSCE degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is the CEO of Driscoll’s. Driscoll’s grows and markets fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries worldwide. They are headquartered in Watsonville, California, with operations in over twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

With more than 20 years of business and agriculture experience, Kevin joined Driscoll’s in 2008; he came to Driscoll's from Capurro Farms where he served for three years as President. Kevin led this family-owned company through a series of transformations that led to a merger of Capurro Farms with Growers Express.
Prior to Capurro, Kevin was with Fresh Express for almost 15 years. During that period he held various jobs that included heading up strategic planning, marketing and operations for the company.

Kevin was born and grew up in South Africa. He has an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics and a MBA. Kevin and his wife, Mary, have two children Hala and Sean and live in Monterey, California. His hobbies include running, sailing, squash and golf.

Kevin is also involved in his local community; currently he sits on the California State University Monterey Bay Advisory Council.

Bob Whitaker

Bob Whitaker received his Ph.D. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton in 1982. Upon graduation, Bob joined DNA Plant Technology Corporation serving as both vice president for vegetable research and development and vice president of product development. In 1998, Bob joined NewStar as vice president of product development and quality where he developed corporate global food safety programs, spearheaded product development, and had operational responsibility for two value-added processing plants. In April 2008, Bob became the chief science & technology officer of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), overseeing food safety and technology efforts from field to fork. Bob has served as a volunteer leader for the United Fresh Produce Association, as chairman of the International Fresh-cut Produce Association (IFPA) board. Bob has been directly involved on a number of industry and government food safety and technology initiatives. In 2006, Bob was awarded IFPA’s Technical Achievement Award for his work in food safety and product development. He was named to the Executive Committee for the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) in 2007, and served as chairman of the CPS Technical Committee until 2013. Bob still serves as a member of the CPS Technology Committee which oversees the solicitation and awarding of funds for produce food safety research.

Lorri Koster

Lorri A. Koster is Chairman, CEO and a primary shareholder of Mann Packing Company; a grower, shipper, processor of fresh vegetables headquartered in California’s Salinas Valley. Mann Packing is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.

Lorri was raised in the agricultural industry and is the third generation of her family to work in produce. She started her full time career at Mann in 1990. During this tenure, Lorri directed the firm’s marketing and communication programs.

In 2000 Lorri left Mann to join ProduceOnline.com as vice president of marketing. After their acquisition by World Commerce Online, Lorri resigned to accept an associate publisher position with Produce Business magazine. After several years of writing, raising two young boys and working for Mann on a consulting basis, she returned to the company full time in 2006 to represent her family’s interest and lead the business development, marketing and product innovation efforts.

Lorri has participated on numerous committees for the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers and the Grower Shipper Association of Central California. She was a member of both the board and executive committee of the Produce for Better Health Foundation. She is a past board member of PMA’s Foundation for Industry Talent and remains active in their fundraising efforts via the Joe Nucci Memorial Golf Tournament.

In 2000 Lorri was president of the board of directors of the International Fresh Cut Produce Association, being the first woman to chair an American produce trade association. She is a past chairman of the Grower Shipper Association of Central California where she became the second woman to hold the position and represented the first father-daughter and third generation chairmanship as her father was at the helm of the association in 1983 and her great uncle, Art Sbrana, in 1936.

In 2005 Lorri was named one of the industry’s top 40 produce professionals under the age of 40 by Produce Business magazine. In 2009 she was asked to keynote and was given an award of excellence at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Women in Produce event. In 2011 she was named one of the industry’s “Top 25” by trade publication THE PACKER. Progressive Grocer magazine named her one of the Top 100 Women in Grocery in 2011. In 2013 THE PACKER named Koster Produce Marketer of the Year, making her a second generation recipient as her father earned the distinction in 1983.

Currently Lorri serves as a board alternate for the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, She is a past director and officer of the United Fresh Produce Association where she was an advocate for creating more access to fruits and vegetables in schools and federally funded feeding programs.

On a local level, Lorri is a graduate of Leadership Salinas Valley and was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Salinas Jaycees in 1994 and Outstanding Young Citizen in 2005. In 2006 she was named an Outstanding Young Californian by the California Junior Chamber of Commerce and Ag Woman of the Year by Salinas-based non-profit Ag Against Hunger. Lorri serves on the board of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. She is a trustee at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. Lorri is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for Rancho Cielo and serves on the Steering Committee for their current Capital Campaign. Lorri also serves on the board of The First Tee Program for Monterey County and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for CSU, Monterey Bay’s School of Business. In November of 2015 the Center for Community Advocacy will be awarding Lorri their Ben Heller Award in honor of her advocacy for farm workers.

Lorri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a minor in business marketing from California State University, Chico. A “baseball mom” and “Forty Niner Faithful” she resides in Salinas with her husband Tom where she loves cheering on their two boys, Jack and Sam.

Dennis Donohue

Dennis Donohue was born in San Fernando, California, in 1954. His family moved to Salinas in 1957 when his father Jim became the City’s Parks & Recreation Director, a post he held for nearly thirty years.

Dennis attended Mission Park School in Salinas. He was in the Class of 1972 at Palma High School, played varsity basketball and was a varsity first baseman. He went on to earn a B.A. in History from the University of San Francisco (1977), where he was the Valedictorian. He then received an M. A. in Religious Education from Gannon University (Erie, PA) in 1980.

Dennis began his business career in Silicon Valley with Atari, then the fastest growing company in the world. He also worked in sales for Microsoft and Verbatim before returning to Salinas in the late Eighties. Dennis has been in agribusiness since 1988, he also worked for River Ranch Fresh Foods, Fresh Express and Fresh Western.
Dennis Donohue has worked at Royal Rose LLC since 1997, and became President of the company in 1998. The Salinas based company Royal Rose team has grown right along with the produce market. The core Salinas’s team remains intentionally small and focused, led by local legend Dennis Donohue (who also served three terms as mayor of Salinas).

Always involved in community service, Donohue was elected Mayor of Salinas, the “Salad Bowl Capital of the World” in 2006.

Dennis is married to the former Paula Johnson, who grew up on the old Williams Ranch in the Alisal. Paula, an alumna of Notre Dame High School, teaches physical education at Harden Middle School. Their daughter Emily, 28, who also works in agriculture, and their son Allan, 25, a graduate of Pitzer College.


Margaret D’Arrigo Martin, GSAF, Chair

The Greater Vision Program is a collaboration between the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF) and California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). This highly informational series explores important topics and issues affecting the agriculture industry and the larger community in which we all live. We believe better decisions and policies will come from community leadership that is better informed as to issues faced by the farming community combined with an understanding as to how the industry really works.

The produce grown in our community touches the lives of virtually everyone living here as well as millions of people across the nation and throughout the world.

Finally, we are also featuring an Expo of AgTech companies at the Greater Vision 2015 Event. Were about 20 organizations are showcasing new technologies and products.

You are invited to attend the 2015 Greater Vision Program and Expo at no cost.

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class IX

Salinas, CA (March 12, 2015) ¾ The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the County of Monterey Agricultural Commissioner. announces the 2015 AgKnowledge Program Class IX Fellows. These 23 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in an eight-month executive leadership program. The program will focus on educating participants about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

The AgKnowledge program focuses on issues affecting and influencing the local agricultural industry. The issues include food safety, security, labor, immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, air, water and much more. The Fellows will spend nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending forums and visiting farms and processing facilities while meeting leaders and innovators in the produce industry. One of the program's most popular facets is "Day with a Farmer", a day spent with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a boots on the ground perspective.

2015 AgKnowledge Class IX- Fellows

Bob Abrams, Ph.D., P.G., C.Hg. Consulting Hydrogeologist

Roberto Avila, Director of Innovation, Mann Packing Co. Inc.

Mari Beraz, Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector, Monterey County

Joanne Bravo, Vice President, Pinnacle Bank

Tim Burns, Code Compliance Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency

Freda Escobar, Permit Coordinator Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency

Angel Garibaldo, Business & Marketing/Communications Strategist, Avenue 831 Consulting Group

Lina Gomez, CFO, Genesis Freight Lines

Teo Gonzalez, Chief Deputy, Monterey County Ag Commissioner

Jerry Hernandez, Analyst, Monterey County Economic Development Department

Kiely Holcomb, CPA, Manager, Hayashi & Wayland

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, MPH, Assistant Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department

Greg Long, Regional Sales Manager, Central Coast Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

Justin Magaleno, Senior Sales Representative, C.H. Robinson Company

Brad Mansager, Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Mary Grace Perry, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey, Office of the County Counsel

Jessica Potts, Executive Director, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Susan Rimando, Environmental Health Specialist, Monterey County Health Department

Marissa Ritter, Director of Marketing & Communications, Grower-Shipper Association

Sumadhur Shakya, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, California State University Monterey Bay College of Business

Josh Stratton, Chief of Staff, Monterey County Supervisor John Phillips

Thomas Truszkowski, Deputy City Manager & Community, Development Director, City of Gonzales

Sarah Wood, Editor and Publisher, Edible Magazine of Monterey Bay

 

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation: www.growerahipperfoundation.org

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

Our Great Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors

 

Gold Sponsors:

· Ocean Mist

· T&A

· GSAF

 

Silver Sponsors:

· American Takii

· Church Brothers

· Drew Massa

· Duncan Family Farms

· Growers Express- Green Fresh Giant

· Joy Jacobs Realty

· PRO*ACT

· Rio Farms-Susan & David Gill

· Rijk Zwaan USA

· Scheid Vineyards

· Moncrieff & Hart

 

Thank You to our Wine Sponsors


· Scheid Vineyards

· Kevin Olson Vineyards

· K.T. Vineyards

· J. McFarland Wines

· Pierce Ranch Vineyards

Tickets On Sale and Sponsors Announced For The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Benefit

"Concert at Corral" February 20th

Excited To Announce Two New Gold Sponsors
Ag Leaders Support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation


SALINAS, CA – Agricultural Companies rally together around a special benefit concert to help support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Ag Education Program: AgKnowledge, More Produce in Schools, and a Greater Vision. Susan Marscellas, The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Director announced today that Ocean Mist and T&A are its gold sponsor. They joined this event because they support getting more Salad Bars in schools and promoting healthy food options for kids. Also, these leaders support community education of the Ag industry. Most people do not know about the process that our fresh food goes through to get to the market and consumer. Programs like AgKnowledge and A Greater Vision help take the public inside to understand where your food comes from and food safety.
Concert at Corral is a fun way to support Ag Education and getting fresh veggies to more kids. It will be a unique event bringing Ag and the community together through music, food and wine!
Two New Gold Sponsors Announce that value and support the good works The Grower Shipper Association Foundation.
· Ocean Mist

o Joe Pezzini served on the GSAF Board from 2006 – 2012 because of his commitment to Ag Education to the community.

o Under his leadership "A Greater Vision" was developed to increase the general public understands of agricultural issues important to agriculture and the larger community. The program is a series of public forums featuring speakers and panel discussions from community members, academic researchers, elected officials, public agencies and agricultural representatives.

· T&A

Mike Antle was the founder of GSAF in 2003 as he believed and supported education.

· The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation was founded in 2003, by the principals of the Grower-Shipper Association with the mission of providing the public with factual and educational information about the agricultural industry.

o The Grower-Shipper Association has been in existence since 1930 and is the predominant agency in Central California representing all segments of local growers and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Salad Bowl Capital of the World fills Salad Bars!

More Produce In School Program...Why salad bars in schools?

o The mission of donating salad bars to Monterey County schools is so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. While there is growing awareness of the health and educational benefits that salad bars provide to kids, many school districts are unable to afford the basic equipment needed to adopt this strategy. Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and its More Produce in Schools Program are committed to helping schools make this positive change.

o Supporting Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children's consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. When offered healthy food choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Through these early, positive experiences, students are better prepared for a lifetime of healthy eating.

The Facts:
WHO: Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
WHAT: Benefit Concert – Guitars & Old Cars for Salad Bars featuring Doug Ranno and his band The Harvesting Crew
WHEN: February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
WHERE: Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral de Tierra Road, Salinas, 93908
WHY: To raise money for Ag Education programs hosted by GSAF that benefits the community and tell the story of agriculture.
HOW: Attend the concert at 6pm for $85.00 and receive strolling dinner, wine tasting, concert and support AgKnowledge, More Produce in Schools (Salad Bars), and A Greater Vision.
TICKETS: Eventbrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-at-corral-featuring-doug-ranno-the-harvesting-crew-tickets-15095116901?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text
Charity Beneficiary
The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to Ag Education, ensuring children have healthy eating options in schools and teaching communities and the world about the importance that agriculture means to all of us. With the strong agricultural history in Salinas, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties it is expected that this could become an annual event in support of the Grower -Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF) for years to come. You can learn more about the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation by going to their website at www.growershipperfoundation.org or by following them on Facebook.
For additional information on the event, contact the Growers-Shipper Association Foundation office at 831-422-9007 or for tickets go to Eventbrite.com.

Press Release January 21, 2015

SALINAS, CA - 20 January 2015 - The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 AgKnowledge program now through February 9, 2015. 

Community members are encouraged to apply to the nine-month AgKnowledge executive leadership program, which is focused on educating participants about the heritage, diversity, stewardship, and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government, and the community.

AgKnowledge courses focus on issues affecting and influenced by the local agricultural industry, including food safety and security, labor and immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, air, water and much more.

Darlene Din, program consultant

Grower Shipper Association Foundation
512 Pajaro Street
P.O. Box 828, Salinas, Ca 93902
Cell Phone (831) 682-0734 Office Phone (831) 422-9007
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Learn more about AgKnowledge at the GSAF website:

http://www.growershipperfoundation.org/agknowledge  

AGKNOWLEDGE 2015

Presented by Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, a 501 c.3 non-profit organization Mission Statement: To promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole. AgKnowledge is co-sponsored by Grower-Shipper Association and Monterey County.  

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