Ventura County Sustainability Exchange Exclusive Pre-Fresh Summit Event

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Fri. October 10th, 2014 - by Kyle Braver

VENTURA COUNTY, CA - In conjunction with PMA Fresh Summit, the growers and distributors of Ventura County are inviting industry members into their backyard for the Ventura County Sustainability Exchange (VCSE).  The aim of this unique collaborative event brings the region's top growers together for one common cause, which will be to showcase Ventura County to the industry as a one-stop-shop for sustainably grown produce.

John Chamberlain, Director of Marketing“Buyers from all over the country will be impressed to see the substantial investments that Ventura County producers have made to incorporate sustainability into producing their products,” said John Chamberlain, Director of Marketing for Limoneira. “The Ventura County Sustainability Exchange will firmly establish the county as the one-stop-shop for sustainable produce.”

Invitees to the event will experience these growers’ operations first-hand as companies like Limoneira, Calavo, San Miguel Produce, Agromin, Deardorff Family Farms, and Houweling's Tomatoes invite them along for tours of their fields and facilities, according to a press release.

While at the event, VCSE attendees will have refreshments provided by Nobu mixologist Brian Leon in Limoneira’s orchards and a dinner catered by Chef Jason Collins, who will be using local produce from Ventura County to create the meals.  Also, renowned comedian and illusionist Patrick Martin will be entertaining.

Agricultural Commissioner, Henry Gonzales, Food Share Inc. President, Bonnie Weigel and Kathleen Phillips, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager for Pro*Act will all be attending the event as guest speakers.

This two-day trip is going to give VCSE attendees a first-hand look at this county known for being a leader in sustainability.  

The VCSE was sponsored by Cool Planet, Agromin, Driscoll's, Houweling’s, San Miguel, Deardorff, Limoneira, and Calavo.