The 2nd Annual Central Valley Pruning Competition took place Saturday, January 25 in Shafter, California. Organized by the California Farmworker Foundation (CFF), the event draws hundreds to cheer on highly skilled competitors armed with pruning shears and fierce determination. The event was also televised on Fresno Telemundo.
And the winners are…
Veronica Gonzalez of Four Star Fruit & Omar Meza of Fowler Packing
Sonia Arredondo of Jasmine Vineyards & Victor Cervantes of Jasmine Vineyards
Marisol Lopez of Fowler Packing & Jesus Sanchez of Jasmine Vineyards
Sonia, Victor and Jesus earned 3 of the top 6 spots in the competition. Go Team Jasmine!
We attempted to do just that with a “A Year in Pictures” – a compilation of highlights here at Jasmine Vineyards. (Notice those baby Great Greens at the beginning, compared to later in the video?!) We hope you enjoy.
The Last Pallet
And…nothing puts a bright, shiny bow on top of a busy grape season like this snapshot taken earlier this week:
Pictured with the very last pallet before it ships: Sara Diaz, Sales and Shipping; Aurora from Elite Transport; Karla Camacho, Shipping clerk; and Tony Barajas, Dock supervisor.
We want to thank YOU – our industry friends and consumers – for making 2019 a success.
Stay tuned for occasional updates during the dormant and pre-harvest season ahead.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday. ☃️🥂
The staff & crew at Jasmine Vineyards
In early November, Luis Katsurayama had the rare opportunity of meeting with California Governor, Gavin Newsom.
“I think it went really well and he was very receptive of our concerns,” Katsurayama remarked of the meeting attended by select industry representatives.
Discussion included agriculture labor policies affecting farmworkers, and efforts to shape a better future for both California farms and farmworkers.
Both contractors and growers (like Jasmine Vineyards) expressed concerns to the governor about current policies. Newsom agreed there was room for improvement, and suggested that a small group collaborate on the top five issues that need addressing at the capitol. Newsom indicated he would encourage legislators to join in the discussion to find solutions.
On February 26, 2020, a group of farmworkers will meet in Sacramento to meet with legislators face to face. Governor Newsom indicated he will make an appearance.
Further support from Univision, including PSAs for educational campaigns, was offered toward improved policies.
Overall, the meeting with Governor Newsom was highly productive. “We’re all hoping a lot of good change can come from this,” said Katsurayama.
Luis Katsurayama is also a Board Member of the California Farmworker Foundation. As seen in the CFF Board Member Spotlight:Luis was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona, but spent most of his time working in farms in the State of Sonora, Mexico. Luis’ time in Sonora was spent in family farms where his family would grow and sell squash to Japan. After graduating from High School, Luis went to college in Yuma, and then began working for a hispanic media company as a Marketing Manager. In 2000, Luis went back to his roots and began his own business as an independent distributor and broker of leafy greens. In 2014, Luis joined Jasmine Vineyards, where he oversees the farming and food safety operations for the company. Luis currently lives in Temecula with his wife Gina, his daughter Isabella, and his dog, Nico, the Labrador.
After years of category management trade research, the California Table Grape Commission has identified many proven strategies that can help boost grape sales. We at Jasmine Vineyards hope you find these tips useful!
As a California fresh table grape grower for over 70 years, we at Jasmine Vineyards have seen a lot of wonderful trends in the food industry: the “foodie” movement, celebrity chefs taking center stage, recipe blogs, nutrition apps, and people of all ages bringing the joys of baking, cooking, and nutrition to their own corner of the internet.