Oct 21, 2022
OGS 2022 Grower of the Year: Grimmway Farms’ Jeff Huckaby
The Organic Grower Summit, presented by Western Growers and Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic grower Jeff Huckaby as the recipient of the fifth annual Grower of the Year award.
Huckaby, president and CEO of Grimmway Farms, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership and innovation.
The Grower of the Year award, sponsored by AGCO, will be presented to Huckaby
as part of the keynote presentation at the Organic Grower Summit on November 30–December 1 in Monterey, California.
“We are honored to present the annual Grower of the Year award to Jeff. His decades-long work exemplifies what hardworking, passionate organic farming is all about. Over the past three decades, Jeff has worked tirelessly to encourage water conservation, natural methods for pest control, and always found ways to share information about those practices with other organic growers,” said Matt Seeley, co-founder and CEO of Organic Produce Network. “His dedication to the environment and community is what makes the organic sector special and makes him so deserving of the title of Grower of the Year.”
Huckaby is a fourth-generation farmer with more than 30 years of farming management experience and deep roots in the produce industry. He joined Grimmway Farms in 1998 and managed their organic division. During his tenure, the program has grown from several hundred to 40,000 acres of certified organic ground. Before becoming president and CEO in 2016, he served as executive vice president and oversaw sales, production, engineering and farming for all Grimmway Farms products.