September 2014 -- WG Annual Meeting to be Held in Vegas

On September 27, join Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture(SEE AG), and participate in the second annual Ventura County Farm Day.  This free multi-location event is a celebration of local agriculture, and encourages the Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara communities to connect, learn, and visit the growers in their own backyard.

Western Growers

“If they grow it, they’ll eat it.”

We’ve used that mantra for years now, but here’s a little snag.  Seems no one is immune to rules and regulations these days, and edible school gardens — particularly those in Arizona — have a few rules that can make it a bit more difficult for the children to actually eat what they grow.

Paula Olson

Why would a grower register a trademark for RED COACH for fresh vegetables, or another grower register FAST & FRESH for fresh vegetables?  Two words:  origin and trust.  Each wants consumers to begin associating that branded vegetable with only one origin or source: them.  Each wants consumers to trust in the quality and consistency of the vegetables they produce, bearing that trademark.  Each wants consumers to seek out and look for their brand.

Western Growers

In 2013 and early in 2014, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released seven major proposed rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The FDA has missed some deadlines during this rulemaking process and it is now required to promulgate all FSMA regulations according to a court-ordered timeline.  At this moment, the FDA has closed all comment periods for the proposed rules.

Sonia Salas

Heather Carter: I was born in Virginia but we moved to Maryland when I was two.  I lived a majority of my life in rural Montgomery County in the Damascus area.  My dad was in the computer business and my mom stayed at home.  A very big part of my childhood was showing registered quarter horses with my dad.  It was something we shared all of those years.  My mom loved the babies, but my dad and I loved everything about it.  At our height, we had 19 to 22 horses.  We had lots of mares and lots of babies.

Tim Linden

In the 1930s, a young Findley Upton, his eight brothers and sisters and his parents arrived in the San Joaquin Valley to start a new life.  The family began farming in Chowchilla.  Findley, who was born in 1919, got married and soon joined the war effort.  On March 13, 1943, he shipped out to Europe to serve his country in World War II on the same day that his son Kole was born.  Three years later, Findley came home and started what would become the family farm.

Tim Linden

Gary Pasquinelli is a man who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.  Having spent nearly five decades as a second generation farmer in Yuma, AZ, in the family farming business, you can say he knows a little bit about farming in the desert.  And as a life-long Catholic, and a deacon in the church since 1991, you can say he knows something about faith and humanity as well.  Together, these two strong life influences combine and very simply make Pasquinelli a man who practices what he preaches.

Jeff Janas

No state holiday, street, school or park will ever be named for her, but Silvia Lopez is a modern day hero.  She is leading an acrimonious fight on behalf of thousands of California farmworkers.  Her story is one of courage, perseverance and righteousness — and it needs to be shared.

Tom Nassif

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