Secretary Ross Inspired by Optimism of California Avocado Growers

  • Feb 15, 2018

In February, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) invited California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to tour California avocado groves in Ventura County affected by the Thomas Fire. Avocado groves were particularly susceptible to the fire because they are located at higher elevations where the Thomas Fire was most destructive. During the tour, Secretary Ross had the opportunity to speak with California avocado growers about the devastation, the challenges of post-fire recovery and the progress made thus far.

Notably, Secretary Ross was grateful for the opportunity to meet with growers and tour the groves. In particular, she commented on their fortitude and positive outlook. “I wish to thank the California Avocado Commission for hosting my visit. The farmers I met with last week are already looking to the long-term, talking about opportunities to rebuild rather than focusing on what was lost. Their sense of cooperation and commitment to community is truly inspiring.”

You can read Secretary Ross’ entire article in the Planting Seeds blog.

Secretary Ross joined the Commission on a tour of California avocado groves damaged by the Thomas Fire.

California avocado groves were particularly susceptible to the fire because of their higher elevation, where the Thomas Fire was most destructive.

California avocado grower Dan Pinkerton discusses post-fire recovery with Secretary Ross.

Charred areas of a Santa Paula avocado grove are clearly visible.

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