Karen Antle was recognized as the Ag Woman of the Year for Monterey, Santa
Cruz and San Benito counties at an event held June 11 at Paraiso Vineyards in
Soledad hosted by Ag Against Hunger.
This annual luncheon recognizes a woman who has contributed significantly
to the success of the tri-county agricultural industry.
The Ag Woman of the Year award, which seeks to honor unique leadership
qualities of women working within the local agricultural industry, is a surprise
to all guests, including the recipient. More than 220 people were in
attendance to recognize Ms. Antle.
This year, the committee comprised of previous honorees and the Ag Against
Hunger board of directors, chose a woman who has worked to the great
benefit of the agricultural industry in the Salinas Valley and beyond. Ms. Antle
is a third-generation member of the Tottino family that in 1924, along with
four other families, launched the California Artichoke & Vegetable Growers
Corporation, now known as Ocean Mist Farms. She has made a lifelong
commitment of volunteering for agricultural advocacy and for her community.
Ms. Antle is currently vice president of the Salinas Valley Heritage Foundation,
an organization that is responsible for sustaining and improving the Salinas
Valley Fair in King City. She also served as the chairperson of the Davis House
Legacy Committee, which was responsible for raising the funds needed for
renovations of the new headquarters for Monterey County Agricultural
Previous award recipents were Sharan Lanini (1994); Claudia Smith (1995);
Karen Miller (1996); Susan Gill (1997); Betty Ichikawa (1998); Mary Hansen
(1999); Elia Vasquez (2000); Connie Quinlan (2001); Kay Filice (2002);
Dorothy Errea (2003); Nita Gizdich (2004); Mary Orradre (2005); Lorri Koster
(2006), Margaret D'Arrigo-Martin (2007), Celeste Settrini (2008) and Darlene