Grimmway Farms CEO Jeff Huckaby Discusses Company's Support of Kern County Fairground's "KC's Farm" Initiative
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Grimmway Farms is deepening its commitment to the community that supports it by partnering and supporting a new Kern County initiative, “KC’s Farm.”
The educational garden taking root at the Kern County Fairgrounds will serve as an edible schoolyard for nearby Wayside Elementary and Sequoia Middle School.
Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby pledged the company’s ongoing support for educating the next generation of students and customers about the farm-to-table journey of fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a press release, as well as the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
“Grimmway Farms grows, harvests, packs, and ships 65 varieties of fruits and vegetables,” Huckaby said at a groundbreaking ceremony featuring business, education, and nonprofit leaders on February 7th. “We want to encourage the next generation to be interested in agriculture, with a knowledge and appreciation of what it takes to be good stewards of the land.”
KC’s Farm will officially debut at Farm Day in the City in March, the program will provide weekly hands-on learning opportunities focusing on:
- Soil preparation
Speaking to a coming cornerstone of this year’s Kern County Fair, September 19-30, Huckaby added, “Through KC’s Farm we can reach even more members of our community, including students, families, and the 450,000 annual visitors to the Kern County Fair.”
Grimmway Farms' Co-Owners Barbara Grimm-Marshall and Kari Grimm-Anderson are advocates and supporters of KC’s Farm. Grimmway Academy Arvin, Grimmway Academy Shafter, and the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard are programs of the Grimm Family Education Foundation which supports initiatives to improve education and community wellness in Kern County.
Joining Grimmway Farms as “Farm Founders” are Wells Fargo, Wheeler Foundation, Friends of the Kern County Fair, and the Robert Grimm Family Foundation, with organizational planning and support from the Kern County Farm Bureau and Holaday Seed Company.
For more information on this instrumental event in furthering ag for the next generation, click here.