Press Release Provided by Grimmway Farms
Grimmway Farms, a global produce leader, the largest producer of carrots in the world and the largest single grower of organic vegetables in the nation, celebrated their 50th anniversary with the Bakersfield community through two local events during the first week in November. The activities kicked off with a Farm-to-Fork Tour & Luncheon that acknowledged and honored community partnerships with local stakeholders and leaders. The Farm-to-Fork event was followed by a Grimmway Farms employee led volunteer day focused on restoring a neighborhood park. Both events recognized Grimmway’s commitment to the greater Bakersfield community.
The Farm-to-Fork gathering provided key community stakeholders with direct insight into Grimmway’s local and global operations. Guests had the opportunity to view organic vegetable harvesting and tour Grimmway’s state-of-the-art baby carrot processing facility, witnessing the product life-cycle from field to distribution. Honorary guests included; Kern County Supervisor David Couch, Mayor Karen Goh, City of Bakersfield, staff from federal, state and local elected officials’ offices, representatives from the local healthcare industry and major stakeholders in Kern County’s education arena.
Continuing the community outreach initiative, Grimmway Farms held their 6th Annual Cleanup Day at Heritage Park in East Bakersfield, CA. Grimmway Farms employee volunteers and their families gathered to pick up trash, paint over graffiti, and plant trees. The restoration effort helped provide local residents and commuters with clean walkways and safer recreation areas.
“Grimmway Farms and its employees are deeply committed to the local community. This year’s Farm-To-Fork event and our Annual Community Cleanup Project are two important ways we demonstrate our dedication,” said Dana Brennan, VP Government & Public Affairs. “We’re pleased that we could not only host community leaders at our farms and facilities, but also mobilize our employees to give back to Bakersfield through our work at Heritage Park.”
Since its inception 50 years ago, Grimmway Farms has created several opportunities to give back to the greater Bakersfield community. Grimm family and leadership team member, Brandon Grimm shared “We are founded on a unique set of family values. My father and uncle believed in investing in the people who work with us and for us, and this philosophy remains at the core of our success. From community cleanups to establishing edible gardens in school districts and dozens of other annual charitable efforts, Grimmway endeavors to make the world a better place.”