Julie Walker Elected President of San Diego County Farm Bureau
Newly elected San Diego Farm Bureau president Julie Walker.
June 26, 2013ESCONDIDO, CA – At their Annual Meeting on May 2 the members of San Diego County Farm Bureau elected Julie Walker president of the organization. Walker accepted the gavel from Noel Stehly of Stehly Farms Organics who served as the county Farm Bureau president since 2011.
Julie Walker and her husband, Joe, are the owners and operators of Obra Verde Growers in Valley Center where they produce a variety of drought tolerant perennial plants. They have been growing on their farm in Valley Center since 1974 and over time have increased their plant offerings from just a few varieties of Australian waxflower to over 100 varieties today. Many of the plants they grow are native to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa and are selected as they are naturally suited to do well in Southern California's climate. The Walkers sell their products as cut flowers, cut foliage, plant plugs, and planted containers to commercial growers, landscapers, retail nurseries, garden clubs, and backyard enthusiasts.
Stepping into the role of President of SDCFB, Walker stated, "It is an honor and a challenge that I take seriously. In addition, I gratefully carry with me the wisdom, influence, and advice of all those before me under whom I have served; clever, vibrant people who continue to share their wealth of ideas and expertise designed to continue to pave the way for us all in farming."
San Diego County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit trade organization with approximately 5,000 members. It has operated since 1913 with the mission to represent San Diego County agriculture through public relations, education and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.