Kroger is partnering with Growing America’s Farmers (GAF), a nonprofit foundation providing college scholarships through the national Future Farmers of America Organization. Through the partnership, a portion of every sale of G&R Vidalia Sweet Onions will be donated toward FFA scholarships in Georgia and across the U.S.
Founded in 1945, G&R Farms is recognized as Georgia’s oldest grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Vidalia onions. The Dasher family plants approximately 1,000 acres of the crop each year.
“At Kroger, our purpose is to feed the human spirit by taking care of the communities we serve,” said Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division, which comprises more than 183 stores in Georgia, eastern Alabama and South Carolina. “This partnership is near and dear to our hearts as South Georgia is home to the renowned Vidalia onion. It allows us to support regional agriculture, as well as help provide opportunities for students to continue their education in production agriculture. It is our hope that these students will become farm owners and operators we can feature in our Kroger stores in the future.”
“By partnering with the Kroger and the FFA, Growing America’s Farmers is able to offer scholarships nationwide. I have been so humbled and blown away by the support we have received, and I am really excited about what we have done—and are doing—for the future of the American farmer,” said Walt Dasher, founder of Growing America’s Farmers and a third-generation farmer in Glennville, Georgia.
“The state of Georgia is privileged to have these two great Georgia Grown companies supporting America’s young farmers. Investing in our future farmers helps sustain production agriculture for generations to come and ensures the preservation of our strong economy and rural communities,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black.
The Georgia Grown program provides education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia.
Growing America’s Farmers (GAF) is a scholarship-based program whose goal is to draw young adults into production agriculture. A third-generation farmer who recognizes the need to continue production agriculture at the family farm in Glennville, Georgia, Walt Dasher also understands the need for the younger generation to see the value of continuing production agriculture.