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Eiskamp named farmer of the year

Posted: Friday, Jun 27th, 2014

John E. Eiskamp smiles as he receives one of a pile of proclamations after he was named Farmer of the year. (Photos by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley berry farmer John E. Eiskamp was named farmer of the year Thursday night at the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s 97th annual Meeting and Dinner.

Eiskamp currently serves on the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau, and is past president of the organization. He was born in Palo Alto in 1960, but moved to Indiana as a young boy. He spent summers in Watsonville where he worked for both his grandfathers’ farms. That experience would later inspire him to enter a life of farming.

He serves on the Ad Hoc Funding Committee for the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency and is active in local water issues. He was also an advocate in the fight to defeat Measure T.

Eiskamp launched J.E. Farms in 1988, and grows raspberries and blackberries.

For the complete article see the 06-28-2014 issue.

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