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CALL OR TEXT TODAY (800) WE-NEED-YOU KEEPING YOUR HOME PEST-FREE SHOULD BE HASSLE-FREE. Since 1950, Clark Pest Control has been providing quality pest management with unparalleled customer service. Residential programs include: • Our exclusive Year-Round Pest-Away® Inspection and Treatment Plan • Turf, Tree & Shrub Care • Termite Protection Services • Bird & Rodent Exclusion Services • Bed Bug Services • Weed Control clarkpest.com clarkcares@clarkpest.com Find us Online! Braga Fresh Introduces Two New Josie's Organics Chopped Salads Braga Fresh, a visionary leader in the organic fresh produce industry, recently announced the debut of two new organic chopped salad kits under their Josie's Or- ganics product line: Organic Sweet Kale Chopped Salad and Organic Asian Chopped Salad. Josie's Organics Sweet Kale Chopped Salad is a delicious mix of organic kale, green cabbage, broccoli and radicchio. The organic toppings included in the kit, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and poppy seed dressing, add sweet and savory elements to this mild chopped salad. Josie's Organics Asian Chopped Salad kit is a craveable and crunchy combination of organic green cabbage, celery, carrots, cilantro and green onions, plus organic almonds, sesame seeds, wonton strips and tangy sesame dressing. Consumer tasting panels were big fans of the ingredient combina- tions. Today's discriminating organic consumers will also appreciate the premium quality, convenience and meal options these organic chopped salads bring to their healthy lifestyles. The easy-open bags offer an extra level of convenience and provide an even greater premium experience. Both salads are merchandised in the signature Josie's Organ- ics blue polka dot bags; this brings added value to retail- ers with their bright color palette and award-winning graphic design that stands out on shelf. Braga Fresh also uses revolutionary tech- nology that extends product shelf life and an innovative structural design allowing retailers to display addi- tional facings in the same amount of space. Knowing that value-added products and organics are what's driving consumer purchasing and fueling growth in the produce department, Braga Fresh is continuing to devel- op a comprehensive product line of organic chopped salads, and already has more flavor profiles in trial. Braga Fresh is also creating custom salads for retail partners, and in addition to the chopped salad kits, has seven more Josie's Organics salads planned for debut later this year. The new Braga Fresh state-of-the-art processing facility in Salinas, Califor- nia has been designed and engineered with the most advanced and innovative food safety and technology in mind for comprehensive field-to-fork traceability. Braga Fresh has hired the perfect team to assure customers and consumers receive the quality they have come to expect from the company since 1928. Braga Fresh sells organic and conventional fresh veg- etables to the retail market under the labels Josie's Organics and Braga Farms. Braga Fresh is part of the vertically integrated Braga family of farming companies, headquartered in Soledad, California since 1928 and still led today by third-gen- eration farmers producing in California and Arizona. For more information, call (831) 675-2154 or visit braga- fresh.com. Courtesy Braga Fresh and Moxxy Marketing Family Owned Business est. 1986 Over 40 Years Experience Metal Fabrication & Sales All types of Sheet Metal Work & Water Well Casing Shearing • Press Brake Work Rolling • Forming • Welding Fabricators in Aluminum • Stainless Steel Mild Steel • Galvanized Metals Guaranteed Quality Work Water Jet Cutting Since 2007 831.724.4432 Fax 724-4163 227 Kearney Street Ext. Watsonville, CA 95076 www.largesmetalfabrication.com License #775148 Each month on the second Saturday, the Agricultural History Project Center and Museum presents "2nd Saturday on the Farm." This family friendly event focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities offered by the Ag History Project plus other special activities related to the day's focus. We have created some unique interactive educa- tional activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. Join us on Saturday, October 8, from 11am-3pm and enjoy this months' theme, "From Sheep to Socks!" Fall is here and it's time to start thinking about those wool socks and mittens. Activi- ties will be centered around Autumn and there's some- thing for everyone, including spinning, weaving and finger knitting demonstrations, hula hoop weaving, storytell- ing and fall cras. As always, there will be tractor driving and hayrides. Admission is free! Saturday on the Farm is held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds located at 2601 East Lake Avenue in Watsonville. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm! For more information, visit aghistoryproject.org. Bring the Family to Saturday on the Farm Chris Drew, Vice President of Operations - Provided Photo Ocean Mist Farms Executive Accepted into Ag Leadership Program Chris Drew, vice president of operations at Ocean Mist Farms, has been accepted into Class 47 of the Cali- fornia Agricultural Leader- ship Program (CALP). The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. More than 1,200 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, communi- ties, government, business and other areas. Applicants must be growers, farmers, ranchers or individuals working in allied business- es and organizations who are emerging or mid-career leaders in agriculture. The 17-month program, from October 2016 to February 2018, includes 56 days of formal program activities. Four partner universities— Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis—deliver comprehensive, diverse and high-impact curriculum de- signed to improve leadership skills. In addition to monthly seminars, fellows participate in an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar as valuable extensions to their studies. CALF invests approximately $50,000 per fellow to par- ticipate in the Ag Leadership Program. The costs are un- derwritten by individual and industry donations. Drew has been with Ocean Mist Farms since 2004, his duties include directing ac- tivities associated with the post-harvest of Ocean Mist Farms products; managing the cooling and shipping facilities; overseeing food safety and quality assur ance, sustainability and value-added operations; and directing new product and service innovation. "We are excited to see Chris partic- ipate in the Cal Ag Lead- ership Program," said Joe Pezzini, company CEO. "He has a team approach to solv- ing complex problems; has leadership and intellectual acumen and he is a product expert. We are thrilled that he will bring this additional training and perspective to senior management." Drew holds a bachelor of science degree in crop science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA. He has more than 16 years of experience in nursery crops and vegetable production. He lives in Hol- lister, with his wife and two daughters. Courtesy Ocean Mist Farms

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