Ranno concert benefits ag education

Ranno Corral ConcertSALINAS, Calif. — Doug Ranno and The Harvesting Crew brought their brand of country music to Salinas for a concert to benefit agricultural education programs at the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation.

About 250 came to Corral de Tierra Country Club for the Feb. 20 event dubbed “Guitars & Old Cars for Salad Bars.” It included an auction, wine tasting and dinner.

The former partner in Colorful Harvest now has a consulting business, Doug Ranno Produce. In October Ranno released an album, “The Musical Harvester,” featuring 11 songs he wrote or coauthored.

Among the fundraiser’s sponsors were Ocean Mist Farms, Tanimura & Antle, Green Giant Fresh, Rijk Zwaan USA Inc., American Takii, Rio Farms, Duncan Family Farms and Church Brothers LLC.

The foundation offers three programs: Ag Knowledge, More Produce in Schools and — in partnership with California State University-Monterey Bay — A Greater Vision.

Ag Knowledge is a nine-month executive leadership program for industry members; applications close at the end of February. A Greater Vision is open to the public and examines issues of agriculture, health and community.

More Produce in Schools is the foundation’s salad bar donation effort.

“We were all kids once in school and we can remember what we got in the cafeteria,” foundation director Susan Marscellas said before Ranno launched into his set. “We’re trying to change that, especially for our kids and grandkids.”

(Article from The Packer)

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