In December, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic growers Lundberg Family Farms as the recipient of the third annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year. Lundberg Family Farms was selected based on the company’s ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production and organic industry leadership and innovation.
The award, sponsored by AGCO, will be presented to Grant Lundberg at the Organic Grower Summit, December 4-5 in Monterey, Calif. The summit, a joint production between CCOF and OPN, brings together organic growers, producers, and processors for two days of education, information, and networking with organic production supply chain and service providers.
“We are honored to present the annual Grower of the Year award to the Lundberg family. Their decades-long work exemplifies what hardworking, passionate organic farming is all about,” said Greg Milstead, director of sales, Western Region for AGCO.
“We are honored to receive the Grower of the Year award from CCOF,” Lundberg said. “We are excited to be recognized for our commitment and dedication to organic farming, industry leadership and innovation. Our grandparents and parents instilled in us a deep respect for the land and environment. This led to family farming traditions in straw management, water and wildlife conservation and the use of cover crops. It has also built environmental practices in our manufacturing operations with the use of solar power, chemical free pest management and the attainment of US Zero Waste Council certification.”
Producing premium quality organic rice and rice products since 1937, the Lundberg family has been growing rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Today, the third and fourth generations carry on the family heritage by using eco-positive farming methods that produce wholesome and organic rice-based products, while improving and protecting the environment for generations to come.
“Not only has the Lundberg family’s decades of work to encourage water conservation, rotate crops, grow cover crops, and use natural methods for pest control made them leaders in organic rice production and wildlife-friendly farming, but they have always found ways to share information about those practices with other organic farmers” said CCOF CEO Kelly Damewood. “This dedication to the environment and community is what makes the organic sector special, so the Lundberg Family could not be more deserving of the title of Grower of the Year.”
Previous winners of the award have been Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic (2017); and Vernon Peterson of Peterson Family Farms (2016).
For more information on the summit, visit www.organicgrowersummit.com.