Sun Basket COO Don Barnett has been confirmed as the final keynote presenter at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA. Sun Basket is a leading nationwide delivery service that provides recipes and pre-portioned organic ingredients for home-cooked meals. Barnett has over 25 years of fresh produce experience and was previously the co-founder/partner and CFO of NewStar Fresh Foods, Organicgirl Produce, and Pessagno Winery.
"Our mission at Sun Basket is to make healthy cooking easy and delicious by delivering Northern California's healthy food culture to the rest of America," Barnett said. "We're re-imagining the food supply chain with state-of-the-art technology that allows amazing food from the best organic farms to reach a wider American audience. To be able to share information and network with organic growers at OGS benefits all of us in the world of organic food.”
The first ever OGS, a joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), will bring together organic growers, producers and processors for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with organic production supply chain and service providers on December 13-14 in Monterey. The event includes a series of educational sessions, keynote presentations, variety of meal functions and a sold-out trade show floor.
“We are thrilled Don is able to talk to OGS attendees about the growing direct-to-consumer marketplace and the challenges and opportunities for those producing organic fresh products, “said Tonya Antle, co-founder of OPN. “Sun Basket has made a tremendous commitment to the organic and sustainable space and is positioned to be a leader in this category.”
The education-rich program of OGS includes six different sessions covering an array of subjects from technology to soil optimization will feature some of the industry’s leading experts. Among the scheduled educational sessions are: “Issues Facing Organic Farmers Today,” “Clean and Renewable Technology” and “Tools for Plant and Soil Health.” Additionally, a Grower Roundtable titled “From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business” is a slated as a keynote presentation and features Scott LaRue of Piper Jaffray as moderator and Bill Reiman of Gladstone Land Corp; Stan Pura, founder of Mission Ranches and Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms. A complete schedule of events for OGS---and educational sessions----is available at www.organicgrowersummit.com
Also, participating grower attendees have an opportunity to meet with a team of Costco buyers as part of a special "Meet the Organic Farmer" session at OGS. This unique session provides certified organic farmers and grower representatives the opportunity to meet one –on-one with Costco organic produce, dairy, meat and wine buyers to discuss their operations and products.
The inaugural OGS will feature a sold-out trade show exhibition area of over 75 service providers and supply chain companies, including an innovative Tech Alley, sponsored by Western Growers. Among participating exhibitors are leaders in the fields of seed, packaging, soil amendments, and food safety, who will be connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.
"Costco is committed to meeting directly with organic farmers, who are truly on the front lines of bringing top quality organic products to market. We appreciate the work OPN has done in putting together this unique opportunity to meet face to face with those responsible for actually growing organic products," said Heather Shavey, Assistant Vice President for Costco. "Our buying team is looking forward to learning more about organic production, hearing about new product innovations and building new supplier opportunities to meet the growing demand for organics for our shoppers."
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