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  1. Taylor Farms Equips Students for Success with Backpack Giveaway

    In addition to being North America’s leading producer of salads and healthy fresh foods, Taylor Farms is always looking for ways to give back to our community. One of our key focuses is supporting youth education and development, which is why we have partnered with Golden State Foods Foundation to give backpacks filled with school supplies to first graders at local elementary schools.

    For seven years we’ve donated backpacks to every first grader at Salinas elementary schools: Roosevelt, Frank Paul, Alisal Community, and Los Padres; and expanded the program this year to include students at La Gloria Elementary School in Gonzales, CA. .

    “We have always known about Taylor Farms’ history of supporting local school children and were absolutely thrilled when we found out the backpack program had expanded to include our school this year,” said Yolanda Barba, Principal, La Gloria Elementary School. “The donation makes such an impact on our students back to school experience and we look forward to many more years of partnership with Taylor Farms!”

    Team Taylor at Frank Paul Elementary in Salinas, CA.

    In addition to supporting local schools, Taylor Farms has expanded the back-to-school giving to also include children of company employees. This program is a company-wide favorite where employees are involved from start to finish, from filling each backpack with school supplies, to delivering and handing them out to students during their first week of school.

    “Our team members at Taylor Farms enjoy the opportunity to help give young students some of the tools they need to study for a bright future,” said Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Taylor Farms.

    We believe equipping students with tools for education is extremely important, which is why we continue to hand out backpacks each year — with 2,880 handed out this year and over 9,800 to date!

    Our Taylor Farms team in Gonzales poses after their backpack giveaway at La Gloria Elementary School!

  2. The Automated Farm

    “The future of farming is already here… Taylor Farms is a prime example of changes to come in the valley,” says this San Francisco Chronicle article, Ag-tech: The automated farm.

    Taylor Farms embraces AgTech innovations, from automated harvesting in our fields to robotic case packing in our facilities.

    As we harvest over 1.5 million pounds of lettuce each day, automation makes sense, and is the logical next step in farming and production. A widespread labor shortage in the agriculture industry has solidified the need for technology and innovation in our business.

    The robotic arms in our processing facility have the ability to assemble 60 to 80 salads a minute, which is double the output of packing by hand. This type of automation creates opportunities for higher skilled positions, directing employee growth to roles where they are supervising automated lines or focusing on quality control.

    The same goes in the field. Since automation, productivity has increased from 400 pounds of product harvested per hour to 700-800 pounds per hour, and has also created a more ergonomically desirable environment for employees. Traditional hand harvesting requires employees to spend 7-8 hours a day bent over, cutting product by hand. With our automated harvesters, employees now are able to comfortably ride on the harvester’s platform and inspect, trim, and pack the romaine, ensuring the quality of the harvested product.

    Learn more about how we use these ag tech innovations by reading the full San Francisco Chronicle article. To learn about the efficiency of automated harvesting machinery, read this feature from Intel IQ. To see how Taylor Farms is utilizing technology and automation in additional areas of the business, check out this article from WIRED.


  3. Smart Farm Equipment Helps Feed the World

    The changing global climate in agriculture has fueled advancements in our fields. With the human population at a steady increase, the demand for more efficient harvesting of crops — faster with less waste — goes up as well. The introduction of automated harvesters in our fields has increased productivity and efficiency of our harvest, while providing a safer and more ergonomically beneficial environment for our employees.

    Because of innovations like automated harvesters, Taylor Farms was recently included in an Intel IQ article, Smart Farm Equipment Helps Feed the World, that included a 360 degree video of the automated romaine harvester in action.

    The automated harvester uses computer optics to “see” the romaine and the water jet knife technology that cuts it. A conveyor belt moves the lettuce heads up to the platform for real time packing in the field. From there, the freshly harvested product is sent immediately to market.

    Read the full Intel IQ feature here to learn more about the efficiency of automated harvesting machinery. To see how Taylor Farms is utilizing technology and automation in other areas of the business, check out this article from WIRED.

  4. Salinas Community Helps Raise Over $3,000 for Diabetes Research

    Last week Taylor Farms hosted a Farmers Market at our Salinas, CA headquarters to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). For just $20, Taylor Farms employees, their families, and the local community received a blue Taylor Farms-branded reusable tote bag to fill up with donated salads and fresh veggies from Taylor Farms and D’Arrigo Bros. Co., and berries from Driscoll’s.

    Lisa Borne, Jennifer Golden, and John Meyers of Taylor Farms

    More than 150 people attended the Market, and helped us raise over $3,000 — all of which will directly benefit JDRF.

    JDRF is committed to accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. They are the global leader in the funding and research of T1D.

    Taylor Farms Interns, Rachelle Proa and Quincey Gourley, supporting Market sales

    “Diabetes is an issue I hold close to my heart, as I am a Type 1 Diabetic. It means so much to work for a company dedicated to supporting causes like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and that empowers us to be creative in our involvement and fundraising,” says Jennifer Golden, Office Manager at Taylor Farms. “Hosting a Farmers Market was the perfect way to promote healthy lifestyles while fundraising for this important cause.”

    Thank you to everyone who helped us support this cause!

    Taylor Farms is a corporate sponsor of JDRF.

  5. Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Boring Salads!

    In honor of #NationalFriendshipDay on Sunday, August 6, we’re hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a month of Chopped Salad Kits for you and a friend — because friends don’t let friends eat boring salads!

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Follow @YourTaylorFarms on Instagram
    2. Find our #NationalFriendshipDay post and tag a friend who you would like to share the grand prize with!

    The contest closes on August 6 at 11:59pm PST. US residents only. This contest is not sponsored by Instagram. Good luck! Photo via: 8th and Lake

    In addition, to help you celebrate this holiday we’ve identified a few of our favorite recipes using Taylor Farms Chopped Salad Kits that you can make with your friends this weekend!

    Mexican Chimichurri Chicken Salad using Taylor Farms Southwest Chopped Salad Kit // Recipe here.

    Asian Chopped Salad With Pan-Seared Sesame Tofu using Taylor Farms Asian Chopped Salad // Recipe here.

    Mediterranean Buddha Bowl With Toasted Chickpeas And Halloumi using Taylor Farms Mediterranean Crunch Organic Chopped Salad Kit // Recipe here.