Grimmway Farms Celebrates 50 Years with Campaign and Farm-to-Fork Event
- by Andrea Allen
BAKERSFIELD, CA - 50 years of operating in our industry is an impressive feat—and one worth celebrating! To honor its 50th anniversary, Grimmway Farms is launching a campaign to honor its founders Rod and Bob Grimm and acknowledge those who have been integral to the company’s success over the years. The campaign, titled “Family-Owned for 50 Years and Growing,” kicked off with an exclusive farm tour and dinner hosted at Grimmway’s global headquarters in Arvin, CA.
“The farm tour and dinner created a unique opportunity to bring our founding families together with industry partners, customers, influencers, company leadership, farmers, and friends to recognize half a century of agricultural stewardship and the company’s deep respect for the land,” said Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms, in a recent press release.
The event began with a tour of Grimmway’s ranches in the San Joaquin Valley, highlighting the distinctive organic faming practices upheld in cultivating over 65 different seasonal and year-round crops.
“I left the farm tour feeling inspired and optimistic about the future of agriculture,” stated Kelly Damewood, CEO of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). “We learned firsthand how Cal-Organic Farms scales its soil building practices and makes it possible for families throughout the world to access fresh organic produce.”
The press release noted that this occasion also reflected Grimmway’s history of growth in Kern County and the significance of the founders’ commitment to the local community.
“So many factors have contributed to the last 50 years of success,” said Brett Grimm, son of Founder Bob Grimm and Sales Associate at Grimmway Farms. “It felt opportune to celebrate in the fields, amongst our community with our employees, and customers whom have been the pillars of our company’s achievements.”
Guests were treated to an authentic, farm-to-table dining experience, in which they were treated to a four-course, family-style meal in the middle of an organic cabbage field—lit up perfectly by the setting San Joaquin Valley sun. The dishes, inspired by Cal-Organic produce, were served with locally-sourced specialties from neighboring farms and businesses.
“The 50th Anniversary event felt like a long overdue dinner with family. A great group, a beautiful evening, and an inspiring tour of the organic fields,” said Jessy Becket Parr, Director of the CCOF Foundation.
The farm tour and dinner is just the start of many celebratory events ahead for Grimmway Farms as it honors its employees, supplier partners, customers, and local communities throughout its anniversary year.
Cheers to another 50 years, Grimmway Farms!