AgKnowledge Presented Education Award at the 9th Annual Valley of the World Awards

The 2013 Education Award was presented to Neil Ledford and Grower Shipper Association Foundation's AgKnowledge Program. In the spirit of Steinbeck's writings, the Education Award recognizes an individual who through their teachings and efforts inspired or nourished a lifelong love of learning.

The 9th Annual Valley of the World Awards was held at the Corral de Tierra Country Club on April 25, 2013.

The National Steinbeck Center established this event to recognize key pioneers of the Salinas Valley Agricultural Industry. The event helps to support the National Steinbeck Center's Rabobank Agriculture Museum and proceeds from the event funds exhibitions and public programs held at the National Steinbeck Center throughout the year.

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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.

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AgKnowledge Now Accepting Applications for Class VII

Salinas, CA (January 7, 2013) – The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 AgKnowledge program now through February 15, 2013. Applications are available at the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation website: Applications must be received by February 15, 2013 in order to be considered. For questions, please contact Darlene Din at 831-422-9007 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Salad Bar Arrives at Gonzales Middle School

The Gonzales Middle School received a refrigerated salad bar for use in the school cafeteria from the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation on Friday. The program included a talk by Congressman Sam Farr and a student skit with the boys and girls dressed in vegetable costumes. The salad bar is one of more than 20 to be presented to school cafeterias in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and The United Fresh Produce Association have a goal of placing more than 350 such salad bars in California by May 2013.

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GSA Foundation Focuses on Bringing More Produce into Local Schools and Beyond

By Abby Taylor-Silva, Grower-Shipper Association Based upon local grower-shipper concern that many local schools are not equipped to receive salad bars or increase their produce distribution, the Grower- Shipper Association Foundation formed its "More Produce in Schools" program in late 2011. This program represents a new initiative on finding solutions to the national obesity epidemic by focusing on avenues to bring more produce into schools on the Central Coast.

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Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Hires Executive Director

Salinas, CA (July 20, 2012) – The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation (Foundation) has hired David Bonetti as its Executive Director. Mr. Bonetti began his employment with the Foundation on July 16, 2012. His position will focus on building programs and the Foundation's capacity to serve the community.

Mr. Bonetti joins the Foundation following seven years with Fresh Kist Produce, where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer, and most recently has been active with the Rhett Bell Foundation. Previously, he had held leadership positions in the strawberry and finance industries.

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