The California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) presented Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, with its first-ever Public Service Award during a special reception Dec. 31 in Pasadena as part of festivities leading up to the 2019 Rose Parade.
On behalf of California’s cut flower and greens farmers, California Cut Flower Commission CEO & Ambassador Kasey Cronquist thanked Secretary Ross for her support and service to California’s cut flower farmers and presented her with the CCFC’s Public Service Award. Photo by Linda Blue Photography.
The ceremony and reception honoring Ross followed the recognition of a record-setting nine Rose Parade entries that earned California Grown Certification.
The CCFC’s Public Service Award included a crystal vase and beautiful California Grown Flowers. Photo by Linda Blue Photography.
For the past seven years, Ross has bestowed California Grown Certification on Rose Parade entries that feature 85 percent or more flowers from the Golden State.
Secretary Karen Ross received the first ever Public Service Award presented by the CCFC. Photo by Linda Blue Photography.
In addition to her efforts leading up to the parade, Ross has also helped advance the California Grown program, including working on the development of a strategic plan and assisting with funding for the program to the tune of nearly $1 million.
“Sec. Ross has generously offered her time and expertise to advancing the CA Grown program and has been a longtime friend to California’s flower farmers,” said Kasey Cronquist, CCFC CEO & Ambassador. “We are grateful for all of her efforts to bring attention to California Grown Flowers and the hard work of our state’s farmers.”