June Van Wingerden has been a constant force in the ag community, advocating for California cut flowers and water and labor issues for decades. The California State Senate recognized her dedication when they named her California’s Woman of the Year in 2005. Now, she’s bringing her heart for service, and cut flowers, to her new role as chair of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC).
A Commissioner for District 3, Van Wingerden, co-owner of Ocean Breeze Farms in Carpinteria, California, was elected chair of CCFC at its annual meeting held earlier this month.
Farming is in Van Wingerden’s DNA. She grew up in a cotton-raising family in Central California and has worked in sales, payroll and accounts receivable at Ocean Breeze since 1983. She was previously a teacher.
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