3rd Annual Pruning Competition

CFF Hosts 3rd Annual Pruning Competition

Showcasing Farmworkers’ Mastery in Vine Pruning

This year’s 3rd Annual Competition took place on January 19 in Kern County, where more than 30 participants from the Central Valley participated for the title of the San Joaquin Valley’s Champion. Cash prizes totaling over $3000 were awarded to the top performers. This year we also crowned the Champion Team for overall highest score of the competition.

The Annual Pruning Competition highlights the expertise and artistry of farmworkers in vine pruning, emphasizing the precision, talent, and strength required to cultivate high-quality fruit. This event recognizes and celebrates the essential role farmworkers play in providing us with fruits like table grapes that we enjoy.

CFF hosts this annual event to showcase farmworkers’ mastery in vine pruning, essential for successful fruit production, particularly in cultivating fruits like table grapes. The competition underscores the vital contribution of farmworkers ensuring that such fruits reach our tables. It serves as a tribute to their physical endurance and illustrates their unwavering commitment and passion for their craft. Furthermore, also provides financial support to winners and their homes.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this year’s event possible:

Felco, Cal-Supply, Direct Ag Sales, Bahco, Educational Employees Credit Union, and Tractor Supply.

Women’s Division

First Place: Yaneth Sierra of Delano
Second Place: Ana Avilez of McFarland
Third Place: Maria de Jesus Sanchez from Earlimart

Men’s Division

First Place: Tomas Moreno of Delano
Second Place: Fernando Aguilar of Fresno
Third Place: Onel Cruz of Delano

Champion Team

Grapery was named the Champion Team of the Pruning Competition with an impressive highest team score.