Grimmway Farms Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Local Cleanup Day
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Was it really last month that industry members gathered to celebrate Grimmway Farms’ 50th Anniversary in Anaheim? A big milestone calls for equally big fanfare, and as this golden year is tied not just to the company, but to it having been a part of the Bakersfield, California, community, it held two local events to mark the occasion.
“Grimmway Farms and its employees are deeply committed to the local community. This year’s Farm-To-Fork event and our Annual Community Cleanup Project are two important ways we demonstrate our dedication,” said Dana Brennan, VP Government and Public Affairs. “We’re pleased that we could not only host community leaders at our farms and facilities, but also mobilize our employees to give back to Bakersfield through our work at Heritage Park.”
The Farm-to-Fork Tour and Luncheon acknowledged and honored community partnerships with local stakeholders and leaders, followed by the company’s 6th Annual Cleanup Day at Heritage Park in East Bakersfield.
“We are founded on a unique set of family values. My father and uncle believed in investing in the people who work with us and for us, and this philosophy remains at the core of our success. From community cleanups to establishing edible gardens in school districts and dozens of other annual charitable efforts, Grimmway endeavors to make the world a better place,” Grimm family and leadership team member Brandon Grimm shared.
According to a press release, the Farm-to-Fork gathering provided key community stakeholders with direct insight into Grimmway’s local and global operations. Among these was the chance to view organic vegetable harvesting and tour Grimmway’s state-of-the-art baby carrot processing facility. In short, guests saw the lifecycle of Grimmway’s products from field to distribution.
Among the honorary guests were:
- Kern County Supervisor David Couch
- Mayor Karen Goh, City of Bakersfield
- Staff from federal, state, and local elected officials’ offices
- Representatives from the local healthcare industry
- Major stakeholders in Kern County’s education arena
The volunteer day was led by Grimmway employees and their families, focusing on restoring a neighborhood park. The restoration effort helped provide local residents and commuters with clean walkways and safer recreation areas as volunteers cleaned up trash, painted over graffiti, and planted trees. The company noted that it has created several opportunities to give back to the greater Bakersfield community since its inception half a century ago.
Congratulations to the Grimmway team on 50 years of success and stewardship in our industry and beyond!