Potato Grower

September 2019

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 15 move catapulted the company's growth, as peeled baby carrots continue to be a consistently popular and profitable crop 30 years later, and enabled the acquisition of several other farming operations in the region. Two key acquisitions came as the Grimm family transitioned into the 21st century. The first came in 2000, when Grimmway purchased King Pak Potato Company, which had been packing Grimmway's russet, red, yellow and white potatoes for several years. Then, in 2001, they acquired Cal-Organic Farms, a true pioneer in organic farming that had been growing organic fruit and vegetables—including several potato varieties—since 1984. Today, Grimmway and its subsidiaries produce some 65 crops on more than 85,000 acres in Arizona, Brett, Bryan and Brandon Grimm are proudly carrying on a legacy of responsible farming and land stewardship started by Bob and Rod Grimm over 50 years ago. California, Colorado, Washington, Florida and Georgia. Cal-Organic's fresh russet, red, yellow and rainbow fingerling potatoes can be found in grocery stores and on dinner tables across the country. A major mantra at Grimmway is "our farming-first approach," which has helped them build a reputation—even amid the company's incredible growth—for premium quality. Cal-Organic migrates across several growing regions to take advantage of optimal growing conditions year-round. "We're one of the first growers to harvest fresh crop potatoes in the spring," says Grimmway president Jeff Huckaby. "We're able to sustain supply into the fall by shifting harvest from Imperial County [Calif.] to Kern County mid-season, and then to our other growing regions. "As stewards of some of the most productive farmland in the country, Grimmway and Cal-Organic are dedicated to protecting natural resources and preserving the environment," Huckaby continues. "We're constantly improving our practices to reduce waste and minimize our use of energy, water and fertilizer while optimizing crop yields and soil health. By investing in maintaining our land, we're able to build healthy, productive soil and grow premium quality vegetables that provide value to retail partners and consumers alike." After more than 50 years in business, Grimmway Farms remains family-owned and -operated, and Rod and Bob Grimm's sons Brandon, Brett and Bryan have served as integral members of the team. Several Grimm family members also serve on the Grimmway board of directors and make a point to attend company events. On top of remaining a family-based company for so long, Grimmway also prides itself on retaining quality employees and promoting from within. Huckaby has been with the company for more than 20 years, and senior vice president of agriculture Todd Jones brings over 30 years of experience overseeing large-scale farming operations with expertise in growing potato, onion, carrot and grain crops. Many other tenured members of the Grimmway team—from agronomists to ranch managers, pest control advisors and harvest specialists—have influenced Grimmway's potato program over the years. "We're proud that Grimmway has been family-owned and -operated for more

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