Brookside Farms’ Kristin Fritz Kubiszak is one of 15 growers and ranchers to be honored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “Champion of Change” during the Future of Agriculture two-day event.

Brookside Farms retail manager honored at the White HouseThe event celebrates agricultural leaders from across the U.S. who take innovative approaches to support farming and ranching.

Kubiszak is the retail manager for Paw Paw, Mich.-based blueberry grower Brookside Farms, which supplies MBG Marketing. Berries from the fifth-generation farm are sold under the Naturipe brand. She is also on the board of directors for the Van Buren County Farm Bureau.

“Kristin is another member of the Fritz family farming operation that makes us proud that they are part of our MBG and Naturipe families.” Bob Hawk, president and CEO of MBG Marketing, said in a news release. “She is a wonderful representative of the next generation that has the desire and drive to continue our commitment to family farming and the broader agricultural community.”

Kubiszak and the other honorees were recognized in a ceremony in the White House by Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden and Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz. Honorees were also congratulated by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack of the USDA.