News Releases

Center for Produce Safety Symposium Set for June 20-21, Denver, Colo. | Early registration rates end April 30

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2017

Contacts: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or rtsakata@aol.com

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) will be bringing its annual Research Symposium to Denver June 20-21 at the Denver Hyatt Regency. It is the first time ever CPS, whose goal is to fund research that will give produce growers practical solutions and technology to prevent or minimize produce safety vulnerabilities, will bring its symposium to Colorado.

“We feel so strongly about the value of this event to growers that we requested and were awarded money from the Specialty Crop Block Grant to help growers attend,” said Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata. “The grant money along with our organization’s commitment will allow us to offer grower members scholarships that can potentially reimburse over 70 percent of the symposium registration and lodging costs.”

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Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Announces 2017 Leadership Team

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017
Contacts: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or rtsakata@aol.com
Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org

Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., was elected last month by the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) board of directors to serve a fourth year as president of the association. He has been elected president each year, since 2014 when CFVGA was founded.

Other officers elected include Roger Mix, Mix Farms, Center, Colo., vice president; and Glenn Hirakata, Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford, Colo., secretary. Reid Fishering, Mountain Quality Sweet Corn, Olathe, Colo., was re-elected treasurer.

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FSMA Grower Food Safety Training Course Set for Feb. 20, Denver, Colo.

For Immediate Release: Jan. 10, 2017

Contacts: Martha Sullins 970-491-3330 or martha.sullins@colostate.edu

Marilyn Drake 303-594-3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) will host a Produce Safety Training, Feb. 20 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Completion of this Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training will enable growers to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that went into effect last year.

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Food Safety Course for Produce Growers & Packers Offered Feb. 1-3, Brighton, Colo.

For Immediate Release: Jan. 6, 2017
Contacts:
CFVGA: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or rtsakata@aol.com
Western Growers: Sonia Salas 949-885-2251 or ssalas@WGA.com

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is teaming up with Western Growers to offer a course on Preventive Controls for Human Food to help growers and packers of produce comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The course, which was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, will be held Feb. 1-3, at the Adams County Extension Office in Brighton, Colo.

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Produce Trends Expert to Keynote Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association 3rd Annual Conference

For Immediate Release: Dec. 2, 2016

Contacts: Robert Sakata 303-947-3097 or rtsakata@aol.com

Marilyn Bay Drake 303-594-3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to announce Pamela Riemenschneider, editor of Produce Retailer magazine, as its keynote speaker for the CFVGA’s Third Annual Conference to be held Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. She will kick off the conference with a look at how consumer trends shape retail, including a special preview of the 2017 Fresh Trends survey results.

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CFVGA President Robert Sakata Recognized by The Packer

For Immediate Release: Oct. 21, 2016

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, was one of 25 individuals nationally recognized by The Packer, a Farm Journal publication, for his work and accomplishments in the produce industry. The list of 25 honorees was announced in a special publication, The Packer 25, released last weekend at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, Fla. The publication was distributed to the 20,889 attendees from 65 countries.

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Colorado Produce Growers Represented at International Event

For Immediate Release: Oct. 20, 2016

Representatives from the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) have returned from the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit, held Oct. 14-16, in Orlando, Fla., where they had an opportunity to put the merits of Colorado produce before a record crowd of 20,889 attendees from 65 countries. The event, the largest of its kind in the Western hemisphere, also allowed the CFVGA delegation to check out more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing new products, trends and innovations in the produce industry and to attend sessions on marketing strategies, food safety and new technologies.

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Increased Produce Consumption a Big Part of What this Doctor Orders

Feature story for immediate release: Sept. 30, 2016

Contact: Marilyn Bay Drake admin@coloradoproduce.org or 303-594-3827

By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

With so many Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery stores, at farmers markets or direct from the farm, it is easy to get excited about incorporating the cornucopia of color into our diets. It turns out that adding fruits and vegetables to the diet is not only fun and delicious, it is exactly what the doctor orders.

In this case, the doctor is Claudia Ferrell, retired family practice physician from Brighton, Colo., where she and her husband Tim now own and operate Berry Patch Farms, an organic operation that raises raspberries and strawberries as well as eggs and a variety of vegetables. The Ferrell’s quaint farmstead with its big red barn offers retail sales and educational tours. In addition to the berries and vegetables it raises, the store sells organic fruit from the Western Slope, is a pick up point for raw milk shares and connects folks wishing to buy grass-fed beef and pastured pork and chicken.

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Encouraging Kids to Eat More Produce – Tips from a Professional

Feature story for immediate release: Sept. 28, 2016

Contact: Marilyn Bay Drake admin@coloradoproduce.org or 303-594-3827

By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

Gone are the days when the school lunch lady plopped a pile of “chef’s surprise” on the plate of students with a take it or leave it attitude. The problem of days-gone-by school lunches was that kids, more often than not, left it and by so doing also left behind the curiosity and willingness to try new foods.

Today’s innovative school lunch professionals, like Natalie Leffler, who is employed by the Nutrition Services Department for Greeley-Evans School District 6, are trying new things to get kids to make healthier food choices in the school lunch line and throughout their lives. One such strategy is buying locally-produced foods.

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Celebrate Potato Harvest with Colorado Smoked Potato Enchiladas

For Immediate Release: Sept. 6, 2016

Contact: Marilyn Wentz 303-594-3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to present another series of produce-focused recipes created by Chef Jason Morse, 5280 Culinary. Chef Morse presents a how to video and written recipes for three recipes: Colorado Smoked Potato Enchiladas and side dishes Colorado Onion & Corn Relish and Colorado Lettuce Slaw.

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