Local growers, from left, Graham Farrar, Rick Shade and Ed Van Wingerden donated $4,500 to support Avofest’s additional first-responder presence at this year’s festival.

Graham Farrar of Glass House Farms, Rick Shade of Shade Farm Management and Ed Van Wingerden of Coastal Blooms and Avoganic heeded the call for added funding for this year’s California Avocado Festival. Funding from the three last-minute donors will support added fire personnel and paramedics at this year’s festival. Avofest organizers have shouldered cost increases from heightened security measures for this year’s festival. Cannabis and avocado growers contributed $4,500 to cover the expense of increasing the number of critical personnel for the weekend event. Farrar, owner of Glass House Farms, said, “When we heard that the Avocado Festival needed support to cover added expenses that are totally outside of its control, we all jumped at the chance to help out. This is a true community event that everyone is looking forward to.”

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