Today we dive into soil health, technology and innovation, and organic farming at scale in America. Including how Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms have been able to successfully scale organic farming and manage operations and safety during COVID-19. We also learn about food safety and supply security and the critical role and importance of the farmer and the future of farming and innovation in America.
In this episode of Where We Grow From Here, we are joined by Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms and Cal Organic Farms and the OTA’s 2020 Organic Farmer of the Year and Walter Robb, former co-CEO at Whole Foods and Executive-in-Residence at S2G.
Jeff Huckaby is a fourth-generation farmer with deep roots in the produce industry. Currently President of Grimmway Farms, he has been with the company since 1998 and brings more than 25 years of experience in farming management. Before becoming President in 2016, he served as Executive Vice President and oversaw sales, production and farming for all Grimmway Farms products. Huckaby’s leadership has been integral in establishing Grimmway’s global organic business and lead position in the category. Prior to joining the company, he held multiple strategic roles with Bolthouse Farms.
Huckaby is a member of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors and the College of Agriculture Advisory Council at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Huckaby was also named “2019 Produce Man of the Year” by The Packer magazine and Organic Trade Association’s 2020 Farmer of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in land management from California State University, Bakersfield.