Wine and Roses: Benefit for the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (pvhealthtrust.org)
A week ago, Kitayama Brothers sponsored a table for the Wine and Roses - 30th anniversary charity event. 10 KB staff and guests were able to spend a few hours at the Santa Cruz fairgrounds sampling the local wine and food of Santa Cruz County. We enjoy eating and drinking while feeling good about ourselves. Just about everyone I know in Watsonville comes to Wine and Roses.
Here's a picture of Joe and Jim with Scott. Joe worked with me at Cal Pacific Flowers 20 years ago, and now he sells flowers for himself. Jim was Ryder Flowers; they had very interesting, novelty flowers. I wish he still grew flowers locally.
We see Natal with his Natal Port. KB sales manager Tony Scalisi goes a long way back with Natal. He is a customer and supplier. His port is sweet, but I like it.
It is nice to see KB Mass Market Manager Karen Nakamura, Grower Jimmy Zheng and HR Manager Maria Ledesma get out together. I enjoy working, eating and drinking with them.
Once upon a time, Watsonville, CA was the top rose growing area in the USA; Kitayama Brothers was the largest grower. Today there is one rose grower left in Watsonville, Pajarosa who grows beautiful roses.
Roses area my favorite flower. I have flirted with peonies, iris, lilies, gardenias, lisianthus, gerberas, etc., but carnations and roses defined Kitayama Brothers. Roses are the Queen of Flowers.
I predict before I leave Kitayama Brothers, we will grow roses again.