Throughout California, farmland is undergoing urbanization at alarming rates, which is why slowing the pace of development is imperative to the defense of the agricultural industry.
On Sept. 17, over 200 people gathered underneath Bokisch Vineyards’ 100-year-old oak tree for California Farmland Trust’s third annual Race to Slow the Pace Fundraiser 5K/10K presented in partnership with the John and Jeani Ferrari Family Foundation.
This fundraiser trail run served as an opportunity to demonstrate the value of California farmlands in real time. Bokisch Vineyards’ property in the Lodi countryside offered stunning views that showed our participants all that bountiful farmland has to offer.
After the early morning race, participants stayed to enjoy delicious paella, Bokisch wine, a fresh fruit mimosa bar, and a second race of the day for the silent auction items.
Along with a custom wine bag, each participant took home a bottle of Fontana Farms Pepper-Cot Sauce and a bag of Burroughs Family Farms organic almonds. Fruit cups provided by our sponsors at Pacific Coast Producers and farm fresh produce from Raley’s for the mimosa bar were all small details that put a bow on the whole purpose of our fundraising goal – connecting consumers to the farms that feed their families.
We are deeply grateful for the support of all the event sponsors, participants, volunteers, donors and staff that made this event successful and fun.