The event chairperson praised Organic Pastures for its outstanding commitment and devotion to its customers. OPDC was one of ten finalists out of 45 companies that were initially considered and the only food products company to make it to the final round. Ten members of the McAfee family were there to accept the trophy and official declaration documents from the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, and the Mayor of Fresno commending their outstanding service to their community.
Darlene McAfee Blackwood, mother of OPDC co-founder Mark McAfee remarked, “I am so proud of my sons and grandchildren for all they have done in the last 8.5 years to create, develop, and sustain production and distribution of their unique products. The family management team has prevailed against local, state, and federal inspectors and regulations due to their own tremendous efforts and the help of elected officials, loyal supporters, a new organization for consumers (CREMA), and the national Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense team. The business has grown to serve over 40,000 customers through a network of farmer’s markets, coops, and big retailers such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats in SoCal.“