The Eastern Produce Council and South Carolina celebrated their 50and Birthday together at TopGolf in Edison, NJ on Tuesday, April 26and. This meeting marked the 50and consecutive year SCDA came to New Jersey to sponsor a board meeting. Marianne Santo, President of EPC and Category Manager of Wakefern Food Corp., welcomed the group and thanked the ministry for its decades of support.
Katie Pfeiffer, Market Development Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, was joined by representatives from the SC Peach, Watermelon and Specialty Crop councils. Katie shared a video of South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. Hugh provided an update on the cultures of South Carolina and he also thanked the EPC for the 50 year relationship and highlighted the importance of the New York metro market to their business. John Keown, president of the SC Governor’s School for Agriculture, also spoke on the Martin Eubanks Farm video. This on-campus commercial fruit and vegetable operation will provide hands-on horticulture experience for students and prepare them for a future career in the fruit and vegetable industry. To support this effort, the EPC will donate another $5,000 in Martin’s memory. Martin, a fixture at EPC/SCDA events for decades, spent 33 years with SCDA and passed away in January 2020.
Prior to the CSAE-sponsored meeting, the EPC Leadership Class of 2022 attended an informative and interactive seminar at TopGolf on Food Safety led by Wes Kline and Meredith Melendez of Rutgers University Cooperative Extension.
Next on the EPC schedule is the annual barbecue sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, May 24.and at Demarest Farm in Hillsdale, NJ and their annual golf outing at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, NJ. For more information, you can visit their website, eastproducecouncil.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured celebrating their 50th birthdayand Anniversary together are board members of EPC, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and SC Specialty Crop Growers.