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

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. More than twenty fellows spend one Friday per month over the course of the program 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 day spent with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a boots on the ground perspective.

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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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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