Congressman Jimmy Panetta congratulated Ed Boutonnet on Thursday, June 21, for receiving the Grower Shipper Association’s esteemed E.E. Harden Award for Lifetime Achievement in Central Coast Agriculture. Mr. Boutonnet’s hard work and dedication to crop science, agricultural leadership, education, shipping, and growing has had an immeasurable impact on California’s agricultural community and economy.
Mr. Boutonnet’s education is extensive, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop Science from California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science in Vegetable Crops and Soil Science from Cornell University. He was also a Kellogg Fellow in the California Agricultural Leadership Program of the Agricultural Education Foundation for which he was presented the Award of Excellence for generosity and commitment to the program.
Mr. Boutonnet’s extensive work in agriculture earned him a reputation as a pillar of the Central Coast agricultural industry. He joined Ocean Mist Farms of Castroville, California in 1970 where he served as president and CEO from 1990 to 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Boutonnet transformed the company from a local artichoke, broccoli, and brussels sprout farm to one of the top growers and distributors in North America. His many achievements continue to advance and shape the agricultural industry.
Besides his service as the CEO of Ocean Mist Farms, Mr. Boutonnet has served as a board member for a number of different local agricultural and environmental organizations, including the Monterey County Agricultural and Historical Land Conservancy, Inc., the California Artichoke Advisory Board, and the Grower Shipper Association of Central California. In addition, he is currently on the board of the Cal Poly College of Agriculture’s Dean Advisory Council and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.
Mr. Boutonnet’s long list of accomplishments and service to the agricultural community are proof that he is a deserving recipient of the E.E. Harden Award. Since the 1960’s, he has devoted his life and career to developing the agricultural industry on the central coast of California and expanding its reach across North America.