Closer to home, it’s proven easier to get things done. Bogart has led or supported a variety of Grower-Shipper Association initiatives, including:
- Ag Knowledge, a 10-month program for labor, business and community leaders that explores industry issues in monthly sessions. It was founded seven years ago by Bogart; Lauritzen; Mann Packing Co. chief executive officer Lorri Koster; and Darlene Din. About 25 people participate in each program, offered through the trade group’s foundation.
- The association, under former chairman Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, has placed more than 50 salad bars in Monterey County schools.
“I’m a hired gun for the produce industry, but I’ve got longstanding, good relationships with people in government, labor and the environmental community,” Bogart said.
“That’s the legacy I hope to leave, as an effective representative of the ag industry who worked well with and reached out to everybody.”