Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Class VII

Salinas, CA (March 27, 2013) The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation has announced the fellows accepted to the 2013 AgKnowledge Program (Class VII). These 23 community members will participate in an eight-month executive leadership program focused on educating 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. Fellows will spend ten Fridays between April and November attending forums and visiting farms, processing facilities and meeting leaders and innovators in the industry. One of the program's most popular facets is "Day with a Farmer" – a full day, spent with a local grower, being immersed in agriculture from a boots on the ground perspective.

AgKnowledge is co-sponsored by the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the County of Monterey.

AgKnowledge Class VII fellows include:

  • Jayanti Addleman, Library Director, Monterey County
  • Stefka Anderson, Retail Sales Coordinator, Driscolls
  • Maria de la Fuente, County Director, University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Crescencio Diaz, President, Local 890
  • Ricardo Encarnacion, Assistant Director, Environmental Health Bureau, Monterey County
  • Len Farace, Director of Business Development, GreenJespersen, CPAs
  • David Feliz, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Nicole Fowler, Environmental Health Review Supervisor, Monterey County
  • Brad Griffin, Director of Technology Integration, Alvarez Technology Group
  • Kendra Howell, Foundation Director, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • James Hyatt, Director of Client Services & Digital Media, Moxxy Marketing
  • Marianne Jimenez, Vice President of Loan Services, Pacific Valley Bank
  • Fred Ledesma, Mayor, City of Soledad
  • Willard Lewallen PhD, Superintendent/President, Hartnell College
  • Christina McGinnis, Resources and Policy Manager, Monterey County Agriculture Commission
  • Barbara Meister, Public Affairs Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Tom Pesce, Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Bank
  • Stacy Radich, CPA, Hayashi & Wayland
  • Janet Shing, Senior Program Director, Community Foundation
  • David Spaur, Economic Development Director, Monterey County
  • Dennis Taylor, Reporter, Salinas Californian
  • Barbara White Thompson, Agriculture Loan Officer, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Andrea Zoodsma, Director of Community Services, Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association

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