(UPDATED COVERAGE June 26) Hugo Tottino, partner in Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms, was honored at the annual California Artichoke Advisory Board meeting June 19.
Tottino, 86, was recognized for providing more than 53 years of service to the artichoke industry.
He was a founding member of the board, established in 1960. He has served as a director since its creation.
Tottino’s image has often appeared in Ocean Mist Farms promotional materials and signage.
“It was a great honor to me,” he said. “I was on the advisory board since it was formed. But I was very surprised to get this award.”
“I go to the office every day,” he said. “I just check over everything and keep informed on all that I can.”