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Organic Grower Summit Testimonials: Industry Preps for Monterey Show

Organic Grower Summit Testimonials: Industry Preps for Monterey Show



MONTEREY, CA - Organic Grower Summit (OGS) is a meeting of the organic minds, and those attending are about to walk into a melting pot of top-notch produce innovators. As we ready for the event taking place December 1–2, I reached out to several industry members to get the scoop on what they’re most excited for in the upcoming show.

Tonya Antle, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Organic Produce Network

Tonya Antle, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Organic Produce Network“This will be our fourth annual Organic Grower Summit, and we host the event in Monterey, California, near Salinas Valley because that’s considered the fruit and vegetable basket of the world. It’s the perfect place to bring organic growers together with allied service suppliers to network, learn, and grow our businesses in a positive way that’s good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for the bottom line for farmers. The show also asks how we can best make that farmer the most efficient and effective organic farmer today.”

Top-notch produce minds are preparing to come together at this year's Organic Grower Summit where they will discuss the growth and development of retail's organic produce section

Michael Valpredo, President, Country Sweet Produce

Michael Valpredo, President, Country Sweet Produce“Working daily as organic farming operations, and realizing the challenges we face on the ever-changing cultural side, this community knows the tremendous value that OGS provides. It’s important to annually meet and showcase the ideas, new technologies, and share stories as organic growers.”

Scott Mabs, Chief Executive Officer, Homegrown Organic Farms

Scott Mabs, Chief Executive Officer, Homegrown Organic Farms“The Organic Grower Summit is an event like none other, and the value on attending is always delivered. As an industry, it’s essential to have a dedicated space for organic farmers from across the nation to come together and share ideas. The stronger we will be if we can learn new tactics and ways to manage similar issues we all face. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together. The more we learn from each other and grow together, the better.”

Vic Smith, Chief Executive Officer, JV Smith Companies

Vic Smith, Chief Executive Officer, JV Smith Companies“I’m looking forward to attending the Organic Grower Summit this year as I have missed it during the height of the pandemic. This is always a great show and we encourage our managers to attend. The informational sessions are very well done and, as always, the networking opportunities mean a lot to our group.”

Dick Piexoto, Owner, Lakeside Organic Gardens

Dick Peixoto, Owner, Lakeside Organic Gardens“For the past three years, I have attended the Organic Grower Summit held in Monterey. It’s one of the biggest shows targeted to growers focusing on a wide gamut of subjects. I find a lot of value in the educational sessions, as the topics are on trend with innovations, technology, and pressing issues. Due to the pandemic, we have missed in-person events such as these. Establishing connections and relations with folks we normally don’t see is so important and has been greatly missed. On the exhibitor floor, the booths are filled with great technology so that farmers such as myself gain great insight and ideas we normally don’t see. Overall, this is a high-value show for growers.”


A lively show is ahead for those attending! AndNowUKnow will be at the ready for all the innovations the show is sure to spark, so keep your eyes peeled for that apple in your inbox!

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