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Porterville Newsletter

JANUARY 2019 EDITION

 

                                       AGRICARE, INC.

            NAMED OUTSTANDING BUSINESS HONOREE

                                         

    

    The City of Porterville is pleased to announce AgriCare, Inc. as an Outstanding Business Honoree.

    For more than 28 years, AgriCare's focus has remained steady, striving to exceed customer expecations by providing professional farm management services with a focus on stewardship of the land.

     AgriCare, Inc. was founded by Tom and Karen Avinelis in Lindsay in 1990. The buisness began as a farm management company servicing a few hundred acres in the central valley. AgriCare has grown to now service over 10,000 acres between California and Oregon. AgriCare specializes in full-service farm and agriculture asset management for a variety of permanent crops including:  citrus, olives, blueberries, table grapes, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios.

     In January 2013, they purchased the building that serves as their corporate office. The move allowed for the growth in their team that provides services to their clients in farm operations, finance, accounting, agronomy, food safety, employee safety and regulatory compliance. The corporate office now services farms in California's San Joaquin Valley and Oregon's Willamette Valley and currently has 200 employee, 90 in California and 110 in Oregon. AgriCare attributes their success they ahve to the "incredible team of professional, knowledgeable and passionate employees."

    AgriCare distinguishes themselves from other full service farm management companies with their buisness model which allows them to be flexible to meet the unique needs of each landowner, from the small family owned property to the institutional investment group with multiple assets. They are also unique in the mix of permanent crops that they manage citrus, blueberries, table grapes, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios.

     AgriCare's focus on stewardship has led to their desire to serve the community. They have long-standing educational scholarship program for their employees and their children, which has earned AgriCare the 2018 UpSkill Tulare County Award from the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board. They also support the emerging Agriculture Technology Pathway Program at Strathmore High School. In additional to their involvment and support of educational initiatives, they also support the Foodbank at the Iglesia Emmanuel in Porterville and host blood drives twice a year, support local schools and sports teams with sponsorships and are involved in the Porterville Chamber on Commerce. AgriCare also support Young Lives Tulare County, a ministry focused on helping teenage parents and their chlldren. The employees of AgriCare and Homegrown Organic Farms are actively involved in the Cultivating Care Committee which includes projects like the Thanksgiving Meal Program. The goal was to provide 40 families with a Thanksgiving meal, but due to their generosity, gathered enough food for 67 families. They are also involved with the Ange Tree Organization, which help inmates in our local prison provide gifts to their children for Christmas.

     The favorite part of the business for AgriCare is witnessing and being a part of the growth of their employees and their families. They enjoy being able to give back to their employees and take care of them to show their appreciation for their hard work and dedication to AgriCare and their growers.

     As for the future of AgriCare, they plan to continue to focus on evolving as a business to meet the needs of their diverse client mix. They certainly see growth in the scope of their operation and in both added acreage in the region they currently service,  while also expanding their geographical footprint as new opportunities arise.

     Congratulations to AgriCare, Inc. for being recognized as a Porterville Outstanding Business Honoree.


       

                              MILITARY BANNER PROGRAM!

     The Military Banner Program was started in 2016 for the Porterville area as a way to honor both current and past military personnel for their service to the nation and community. The banner acts as a public expression of gratitude that pays tribute to the courage, commitment, and heroism displayed by individuals who have served in teh United States Armed Forces.

     Family members and loved ones may nominate a military hero to be honored with a banner that will show the individual's name and photo. The banners will be displayed on major streets throughout the City. Application period: January 2  - March 1. They will be raised for Memorial Day and lowered after Veterans Day. The cost of the banner is $105 and shall be the responsiblity of the applicant. For more information call (559) 781-7521 or visit

http://ci.porterville.ca.us/depts/ParksandLeisure/MilitaryBanner Program.cfm    

                                       

                 

                                    


               FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAM

Would you like to know more about homeownership? the City of Porterville has a First Time Homebuyer Loan Program which can help with up to 35% of purchasing price. Please call Community Development at (559) 782-7460 to learn more.

                

 

HOUSING REHABILITATION AND PUBLIC UTILITIES          LOAN PROGRAM

    Do you need hlep with HOME REPAIRS to make your house a healthy and safe place to live? The City of Porterville has a loan program designed to help lower income homeowners make affordable home improvements, repairs, ADA ramps, and connections to City utilities. Due to limited funding, this will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please call Community Development at 559-782-7460 to see if you qualify.

 

                                   

                                          


WATER CONSERVATION/DROUGHT RESPONSE PHASE IV

Effective December1, 2018, the City of Porterville has moved to Phase IV of the City's Water Conservation Plan, which permits watering once a week based on property address and prohibits watering between the hours of 5 am to 10 pm and also prohibits watering on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Should you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Field Services Division at 782-7514.

                         

                                          


                     BUSINESS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

          

Are you wanting to expand your business, but need additional  financing? The City of Porterville might be able to assist with a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Business Loan. The small businesses include ongoing and start-up private, for profit businesses that are classified as commercial, service, retail or industrial and must be located within the city of Porterville. For more information contact the Economic Development Division at (559) 784-7460.

 

                                      


                            2019 @ YOUR LIBRARY

 

MARCH

Spring Mini Reading Program

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Spring Break Events

Teen Tech Week

APRIL

National Library Week

Dia De Los Ninos

PROGRAMS ALL YEAR ROUND

Saturday Game Day     First Saturday of the Month

Building Club                Last Saturday of the Month

LibFlix                           Second Saturday of the Month

MORE PROGRAMS ALL YEAR ROUND

Library Cinema             Third Saturday of the Month

B.Y.O. Game Day           Every Sunday

 


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