Resource Conservation District: Ventura County Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainability Awards, Oct. 28

see arial, healing sans-serif;”>On Wednesday, online Oct. 28, Ventura County’s agricultural leaders and industry supporters will gather together to honor local farmers who have exhibited excellence in stewardship, sustainability, leadership and care for Ventura County’s unique natural resources during the 2015 Ventura County Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainability Awards. The Resource Conservation District of Ventura County (RCD) and FOOD Share will announce the winner of the prestigious honor during the award luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

Hosted by the RCD and sponsored in part by Montecito Bank & Trust, Farm Credit West, Rabobank, R.A. Atmore & Sons, VC CoLab Foundation, SESPE Consulting, Inc. and Heritage Oaks Bank, the 6th annual RCD awards luncheon will bring together Ventura County growers, ranchers and members of local agricultural agencies, associations, the Ventura County Farm Bureau and members of the community. The event is free and open to the public; however, an RSVP is required.

The luncheon program includes a video presentation featuring three leaders in the Ventura County Agriculture Industry:
• Henry Gonzales, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner
• Craig Underwood, Underwood Family Farms
• Emily Ayala, Friends Ranch

“The RCD awards give us an opportunity to honor and highlight the individuals who work hard every day to feed Ventura County residents, the nation, and the world,” said Marty Melvin, executive officer of the RCD. “They work to sustain and steward our natural resources, while providing more than 35,000 jobs across the county.”

Nominees for the 2015 Ventura County Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainability Awards include the following: Bill Camarillo of Agromin, Emily Ayala of Friends Ranch, Tom and Scott Deardorff of Deardorff Family Farms, and Elaine Krankl of Sine Qua Non Winery. Awards will be presented following the feature video.
For over 70 years, the RCD has worked with landowners, organizations and government agencies to promote conservation of Ventura County’s unique resources. In the past five years, local growers, farmers and agricultural leaders have partnered with Ventura County’s regional food bank FOOD Share in the fight against poverty and hunger. Today, harvests donated from these partnerships account for more than 40 percent of total food donations provided to the local hungry.

“The RCD Awards event is a wonderful opportunity to share our gratitude with the leaders who sustain our agriculturally rich community,” said Bonnie Atmore, CEO of FOOD Share. “Our agricultural partners donate over 2.5 million pounds of farm-fresh foods every year. Without them, Ventura County’s hungry friends would not have the nutrient dense foods we are able to provide.”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct. 28 awards luncheon, visit, or contact Marty Melvin, Executive Officer of the RCD at [email protected] or call 805-764-5137.


Underwood Family Farms

About FOOD Share:
FoodShare-150x109More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from two warehouses; more than 194 partner agencies, including pantries, soup kitchens, churches and rescue missions. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, and include programs such as the Kids’ Farmers Market, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Ventura County Resource Conservation District
ventura.county.resource.conservationThe Ventura County Resource Conservation District serves as a liaison for natural resource conservation between local landowners, regulatory agencies, and municipalities. Priority RCD issues include Ag preservation, open space advocacy, outreach and education on water resources, watershed protection, watershed restoration, control and/or eradication of invasive species, as well as evaluating the potential impacts of loss of wildlife habitat, maintaining air quality, and researching and promoting alternative methods for energy.


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