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California urban farms are included in ‘essential businesses’ category

Even as Californians shelter in place to contain the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, nutritious food remains vital to the health and well-being of our communities. "Eating fruits and vegetables is known to benefit our... more »

California grower buries lettuce after coronavirus shutters restaurant market

There should be tractors rumbling across Jack Vessey’s ranch, pulling wagons full of fresh-cut romaine lettuce to be packed and shipped to restaurants and grocery stores across the United States. According to a story by... more »

LGMA to hold webinar for produce buyers on food safety practices, audits

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement will update retail and foodservice buyers about government audits and the process for making changes to strengthen food safety practices for growing leafy greens during a webinar Friday, April... more »

Grimmway donates carrots for COVID-19 relief

Bakersfield, California-based Grimmway Farms is donating fresh carrots to support Kern County residents and California food banks during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Last Thursday company president Jeff Huckaby delivered baby carrot snack packs to six... more »

Driscoll’s rolls out $4M in charity for pandemic

Driscoll’s on April 9 rolled out more than $4 million in charitable funds globally for health clinics, food banks, fresh berry donations and other community resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are being... more »

California Strawberry Commission plans to ‘harvest every box’ during pandemic

The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) wrote in an open letter to distributors April 8 it would "harvest every box" during the April-May harvests, despite the disruption caused by the new coronavirus. California blueberry harvests during... more »

Ocean Mist Farms launches spring artichoke promotion

Castroville, California-based Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., announces the launch of its annual spring promotion elevating the health and nutrition of their famous Gold Standard artichokes. With... more »

Western Growers launches leafy green food safety website

Answering the nation’s call for enhanced food safety measures, Western Growers has developed a website to facilitate changes to the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement-approved Leafy Green Food Safety Guidelines. The interactive website now easily allows... more »


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