Mike HornickAbby Taylor-Silva, vice president of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, was named Ag Woman of the Year in Soledad, Calif.SOLEDAD, Calif. – Abby Taylor-Silva, vice president for policy and communications at Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, was named Ag Woman of the Year by a Salinas Valley nonprofit.
Spreckels-based Ag Against Hunger gave the award during a June 10 luncheon at Paraiso Vineyards. About 250 attended. Karen Tottino Antle, last year’s winner, introduced Taylor-Silva, who is also executive director of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, Salinas.
Past roles include spokeswoman for the California Strawberry Commission. After that she was executive director of Ag Against Hunger for five years before moving on to the trade association.
Past winners of the award include Darlene Din, Celeste Settrini, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin and Lorri Koster.
“This means the world to me,” Taylor-Silva said. “I’m in my dream job. I’m so lucky to have grown up in this valley. I always learned from my family I could do whatever I put my mind to.”
She also won the Star Young Farmers & Ranchers Award and the California Women in Agriculture’s Shining Star Award in 2010; and the Salinas Jaycees Young Farmer of the Year Award in 2009.