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NEW! Watermelon Plant Program Launched

NEW! Watermelon Plant Program Launched

Morgan Hill, CA, October 2014 - Sakata Seed America, Inc. announces this week the launch of the company’s Watermelon Plant Program for the Southeast.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top 10 Picks for Packets

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top 10 Picks for Packets

Guidance for the Packet Seed Trade

Vegetable Seeds for packets are a top priority at Sakata Home Grown. We know your customers are looking for a wide selection of attractive, tasty, easy-to-grow vegetables. We’re on the lookout in trials every year to bring you the best.

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Successful Triploid Watermelon Pollination

Successful Triploid Watermelon Pollination

The pollination essentials to a profitable harvest!

Watermelon pollination is essential to the production of fruit. A watermelon plant is a cucurbit and both male and female flowers are located separately in the same plant. In order to set fruit, pollen from the male flowers must make its way to the female flowers.

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Trending Now: Winter Squash

Trending Now: Winter Squash

Take advantage of growing consumer demand with Sakata varieties that deliver!

Sakata’s winter squash varieties are super performers that really deliver. Consumers who find them in local grocery stores and farmer’s markets can expect nothing less than high quality and superb taste and texture.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Features and Culture Tips for Lilliput Cantaloupe

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Features and Culture Tips for Lilliput Cantaloupe

Growing Guidelines for Greenhouse Growers

Fast Growing Melons Can Increase Vegetable Sales 

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Sakata Pumpkins: Something for Everyone

Sakata Pumpkins: Something for Everyone

Pay Attention to the Trends & Reap the Rewards!

With all the shapes, textures and colors of pumpkins available, pumpkin enthusiasts are finding it easier than ever to find the right pumpkin for any occasion, whether it be decorating, carving or entertaining. 

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Sakata Pepper Program

Sakata Pepper Program

Varieties you can count on!

Sakata offers a broad range of sweet peppers, all the way from outstanding bells for open field production, lamuyo's, cubanelle's, snacking and specialty types, to indoor bells. We also have a comprehensive range of hot peppers types; including cayenne, poblano, jalapeno, and anaheim, just to mention a few.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top 10 Picks for Farmers' Market Growers

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top 10 Picks for Farmers' Market Growers

Check out these varieties to meet customer demand!

Sakata Home Grown is here to help! We are on the lookout for great tasting, unique varieties that customers will love. Sakata runs trials in many parts of the country to screen for early maturity, disease resistance and productivity.

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Sakata Seed America Partners with the National Watermelon Association

Sakata Seed America Partners with the National Watermelon Association

Continuing Support

Sakata demonstrates support of The National Watermelon Association, Inc. in a new promotion of its triploid watermelon program.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Beyond Tomatoes & Peppers

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Beyond Tomatoes & Peppers

Guidance for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Center Retailers

With the increased consumer interest in vegetable gardening, many growers have found that adding top-selling vegetable classes like tomatoes and peppers to their ornamentals assortment is a relatively low risk way to boost sales.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: An American Classic!

Sakata Home Grown Presents: An American Classic!

2013 Marks the Year of the Watermelon

Every year, The National Garden Bureau names one edible, one annual and one perennial as the featured crops for that year. 2013 is the Year of the Watermelon and Sakata proudly brings you the following tidbits about that luscious fruit that is an American summer classic.

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Sakata Home Grown Introduces Expanded Selection and New Catalog

Sakata Home Grown Introduces Expanded Selection and New Catalog

News Release: Home Grown Division

Varieties in the expanded Home Grown lineup were carefully selected to be easy to grow, healthy and beautiful for home gardens of any size, from a few pots on the patio to a few acres behind the barn!

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Sakata Watermelon: Expand Your Program

Sakata Watermelon: Expand Your Program

Now with 5 new varieties!

Growers benefit from adding Sakata’s strong genetics, including earlier-maturing and high-yielding 36, 45 and 60-count seedless varieties, to their mix. Affirmed, Bold Ruler, Citation, as well as our newest offerings, Secretariat, Charismatic, Unbridled and Kingman, offer money-making features like earliness, high yield, very firm flesh and incredible flavor.

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Sakata Home Grown Culture Notes: Lilliput Mini Cantaloupe

Sakata Home Grown Culture Notes: Lilliput Mini Cantaloupe

Guidelines for Greenhouse Growers

Fast Growing Melons can Increase Vegetable Sales

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Sakata Home Grown Celebrates the Year of the Cucumber

Sakata Home Grown Celebrates the Year of the Cucumber

Historical and Growing Information in this article was provided by the National Garden Bureau

Every year, the National Garden Bureau names one edible, one annual and one perennial as featured crops for a year. 2014 is the Year of the Cucumber!

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Sakata Goes Solar!

Sakata Goes Solar!

Sakata Seed America Announces New Solar Project Installation

A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Sakata Seed America headquarters to signify the important step toward environmental sustainability.

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Sakata Continues to Go Red in Support of the American Heart Association

Sakata Continues to Go Red in Support of the American Heart Association

Sakata Seed America, Inc. is pleased to continue its support of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Go Red For Women movement. As part of its local sponsorship, Sakata attended the Central Coast’s Annual Go Red For Women luncheon on May 9th, where the AHA sought to bring awareness about heart disease and stroke, in addition to raising funds for research, community and educational programs that benefit women.

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Sakata Seed America Supports AHA through its Charitable Giving Program

Sakata Seed America Supports AHA through its Charitable Giving Program

Sakata Takes Home Top Team and Top Walker Honor

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Sakata Celebrates Don Reed

Sakata Celebrates Don Reed

A Pioneer in Cabbage Breeding

Sakata Seed America has a long history of developing cabbage and working with the best talent the industry has to offer. That’s why we are so pleased to be associated with Don Reed of Reed's Seeds located in Cortland, New York.

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Behind the Scenes with Supply Chain

Behind the Scenes with Supply Chain

Getting to Know Sakata Seed America

In the seed business, in order to provide our customers with high-quality products when and where they need them, balancing supply with demand takes careful management. That’s where the supply chain department comes in.

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Behind the Scenes with Sales and Marketing

Behind the Scenes with Sales and Marketing

Getting to Know Sakata Seed America

A great deal of hard work goes into creating varieties that are outstanding enough to bear the Sakata name. When we do create them, we want to make sure you hear all about it. This would be impossible without the sales and marketing team.

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Behind the Scenes with Research and Development

Behind the Scenes with Research and Development

Getting to Know Sakata Seed America

Our R & D department makes certain that varieties meet market requirements and exceed customer expectations.

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Behind the Scenes with Quality Assurance

Behind the Scenes with Quality Assurance

Getting to Know Sakata Seed America

Any seed that carries Sakata’s name must be reliable, high performing and top quality. The quality assurance team is a vital part of making sure that our seed is always at its best.

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Behind the Scenes with Customer Service

Behind the Scenes with Customer Service

Getting to Know Sakata Seed America

First impressions can make or break a relationship. That is why we want our customers' first experience with Sakata Seed America to be a positive one. We believe that good impressions are the result of giving the very best we have to offer—every time.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top Picks for Home Garden Catalogs

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Top Picks for Home Garden Catalogs

Try some of these exciting varieties that are sure to entice 'Foodies'

Catalog and on-line shoppers are a discerning bunch. They want to try new and unique items every year. At Sakata Home Grown we understand and are always on the hunt for something new and different.

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Home Garden Seed Association - 6 Very Beneficial Insects

Home Garden Seed Association - 6 Very Beneficial Insects

To know them is to love them!

Speaking strictly from a gardener’s perspective … There are good bugs, and there are bad bugs. And the more you have of the former, the fewer problems you’ll have with the latter. Here are six beneficial insects that every gardener should know, and tips on how to get them to hang around your garden.

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Garden to Table: Growing Dinner

Garden to Table: Growing Dinner

By the Home Garden Seed Association

It doesn’t take much. Two 4-foot by 8-foot beds, some herb and vegetable seeds, and a couple of hours a week can put dinner on the table for a full season: fresh spring salads, sweet summer fruits, and finally, the nourishing greens and roots of autumn.

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2015 - Year of the Pepper!

2015 - Year of the Pepper!

Sweet peppers bring a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes to the table. It is easy to value them for looks and flavor alone, but the sweet pepper is a nutritional powerhouse as well. 

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables 101

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables 101

Guidance for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Center Retailers

Due to expanding consumer interest in cooking and vegetable gardening, now is the time to add or expand a vegetable line.

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables in the Landscape

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables in the Landscape

Guidance for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Center Retailers

Plants in your customer’s yard can be pretty and taste good, too!

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables for Small Space Gardening

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Vegetables for Small Space Gardening

A small garden space should not be a limiting factor! Sakata Home Grown wants to see veggie plants in every possible space and so we put together a list of themes and varieties to help.

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Sakata Earns Title of Water Saving Hero for Conservation Efforts

Sakata Earns Title of Water Saving Hero for Conservation Efforts

Sakata is doing their part to ‘Go Green’ and conserve water during the severe California drought. The drought has taken a huge toll on the entire state; however, it has hit the Agricultural industry particularly hard. 

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Santo Cilantro - The Market Standard!

Santo Cilantro - The Market Standard!

Among other trendy greens, cilantro stands above and Santo is considered today's market standard.

Cilantro (a.k.a. Coriander) is a double-duty herb and spice. The seeds, harvested from the matured flowers, are dried and sold whole or ground as the spice coriander, while the leaves are harvested and used both fresh and dried as the herb cilantro.

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Melon Trends in the West

Melon Trends in the West

Q&A with Sakata's Melon Gurus

Dale Palmer, Assistant Area Sales Manager for Yuma and Santa Maria Regions, and Gattis Guffey, Sales Manager/Southeast Region and Watermelon and Melon Product Manager, talk about melon trends in the WEST.

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Sakata Seed America Supports the Annual Salinas Valley Fair

Sakata Seed America Supports the Annual Salinas Valley Fair

Salinas, CA, May 2014 - Sakata Seed America, Inc. is pleased to continue its support for the annual Salinas Valley Fair as 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the agriculture tradition.

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Sakata Supports United Fresh Foundation & the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools Campaign

Sakata Supports United Fresh Foundation & the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools Campaign

Sakata Continues its Commitment to Building Healthy Communities

Sakata Seed America is proud to announce its sponsorship of cyclist Ron Cramer in the first ever Tour de Fresh long-distance bike ride. 

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The Skinny on Summer Squash

The Skinny on Summer Squash

HIGHER Quality, BETTER Yield, TASTIER Flavor - No Matter How You Slice It!

Our Summer Squash has abundant yield and truly undeniable appeal.  Specially bred for above-average yield, easy harvesting, and superior shelf life, growers will fall in love with our Summer Squash line. 

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The Beet Movement: Past, Present, and Future

The Beet Movement: Past, Present, and Future

Let's Talk about Beets

Let’s talk about beets. ‘Who talks about beets,’ you ask? Few too many people! Beets should not be a topic discussed only at salad bars and upscale restaurants.

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Mastering Umami Flavor

Mastering Umami Flavor

The complex flavor profile of the Sakata specialty tomato program

Umami /uːˈmɑːmi/ - a savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty).

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Sakata Broccoli for a Heart Healthy America

Sakata Broccoli for a Heart Healthy America

The American Heart Association has deemed February American Heart Month.  As a continued supporter of the American Heart Association, we are doing our part to promote a heart-healthy America.

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Show The DIY Consumer Some Love!

Show The DIY Consumer Some Love!

Emerging "Do-it-Yourself" trends and how to adjust your sales approach accordingly!

Let’s hear it for the Do-It-Yourself types! There have always been shoppers that enjoy home improvement projects, but in the coming years the way those shoppers think, buy, and act may be changing.

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Pollinators in the City

Pollinators in the City

How to do your part to increase pollination!

By now, we've all heard the news: pollinators are in trouble. 

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Partnered to Build a Better Industry

Partnered to Build a Better Industry

Sakata Continues Support of the National Watermelon Association

In February 2015, at the National Convention, for the third consecutive year, Sakata made a monetary contribution, based on sales of its triploid watermelon varieties, to the National Watermelon Association. 

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Sakata Supports Healthy Living and Eating in Schools

Sakata Supports Healthy Living and Eating in Schools

Sakata's Tour de Fresh Rider Presents New Salad Bar to Shuey Elementary

WATCH! RON CRAMER TALKS HEALTHY EATING AND TOUR DE FRESH WITH AND NOW YOU KNOW!

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Let's Talk Eastern Peppers

Let's Talk Eastern Peppers

Q&A with Jim Stewart and Cory Dombrowski

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Passionate about Pumpkins!

Passionate about Pumpkins!

With all the shapes, textures and colors of pumpkins available, pumpkin enthusiasts are finding it easier than ever to find the right pumpkin for any occasion, whether it be decorating, carving, eating or entertaining. 

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Your Favorite Tomato Varieties, Now Available as GSPP!

Your Favorite Tomato Varieties, Now Available as GSPP!

Sakata Seed America Earns GSPP Accreditation

Sakata Seed America has announced their GSPP certification, as of May 2015. This exciting new certification will bring added value to Sakata’s distributor network and their customers, and serves as a promising opportunity for future growth in the industry. 

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Sakata Partners with P. Allen Smith to Present P. Allen Smith's Home Grown Seed Collection

Sakata Partners with P. Allen Smith to Present P. Allen Smith's Home Grown Seed Collection

Sakata Seed America has announced a new partnership between the company’s Home Grown Vegetable division and P. Allen Smith Garden Home.  Effective immediately, Sakata Home Grown is the official vegetable seed brand of P. Allen Smith. 

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Meet Matt Linder

Meet Matt Linder

The Man Behind the Broccoli

Matt Linder has managed the sales and development of Sakata broccoli for over 25 years.  This produce vet has a wealth of knowledge that expands far beyond Sakata's broccoli program. We asked Matt some questions so you can meet the man behind the broccoli!

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Team Up for Trail Clean Up!

Team Up for Trail Clean Up!

Sakata Employees Help Restore Washington's Oyster Dome Trail

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Straight Facts About Neonics

Straight Facts About Neonics

The problem
A relatively new class of pesticides, neonicotinoids (neonics for short), has been implicated in the decline
of bees and other pollinators.

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Garden to Table Fall Recipe: Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Garden to Table Fall Recipe: Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

The most rewarding part about home gardening is getting to enjoy (and share) your bounty. This recipe for Spicy Butternut Squash Soup featuring Atlas squash and Jalafuego jalapeno pepper is sure to become one of your favorites!

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Sakata Continues to Support the American Heart Association

Sakata Continues to Support the American Heart Association

Team Sakata Named Among Top Fundraisers of 2015

On October 3rd, in Monterey, CA, more than 600 Northern Central Coast residents and visitors gathered for the American Heart Association’s 9th annual Central Coast Heart & Stroke Walk to raise life-saving funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke.

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Lions and Tigers and... Pumpkins?

Lions and Tigers and... Pumpkins?

Sakata Pumpkins Bring Big Smiles and Full Tummies to Woodland Park Zoo!

Sakata’s PNW office left their mark on this year’s Annual Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo!

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Sakata Finds and Rescues Panther Kitten!

Sakata Finds and Rescues Panther Kitten!

On Monday, January 18th, Sakata employees performing routine field maintenance found a young male panther kitten abandoned and sleeping in one of the fields of Sakata’s Research Station in Ft. Myers, FL. 

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Sakata Establishes a New Research Station in Woodland, California

Sakata Establishes a New Research Station in Woodland, California

On March 1st, 2016, Sakata Seed America announced plans to establish a new research station on land the company has acquired in Woodland of California’s Yolo County.

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Sakata Announces Contribution to the Future of Seed Science

Sakata Announces Contribution to the Future of Seed Science

Via The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center's Kent J. Bradford Endowment

On March 23rd, 2016, Sakata Seed America’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, John Nelson, announced a substantial contribution to the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis’ Kent J. Bradford Endowment initiative. 

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Garden to Table: Drinking Your Fruit & Vegetables!

Garden to Table: Drinking Your Fruit & Vegetables!

RETAILERS can inspire customers and boost plant sales by encouraging juice and smoothie gardens!

Smoothies can add some needed servings of vegetables and fruits to our diets. They can be the perfect go-to for a light lunch. Many vegetables, including leafy greens are wonderful in smoothies and easy to grow in the garden. 

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Sakata Contributes to the Betterment of the Local Community & Charitable Initiatives

Sakata Contributes to the Betterment of the Local Community & Charitable Initiatives

Sakata Seed America is increasing our efforts to improve the local community and the betterment of lives. In the past couple of months alone, Sakata has used our resources to make multiple donations to local organizations and events that support the Salinas Valley and extending regions. 

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Sakata Home Grown Presents: Fall Harvest Greens for Farmers' Markets

Sakata Home Grown Presents: Fall Harvest Greens for Farmers' Markets

Enjoy an Abundant Fall Bounty With These Top Picks!

With a little late summer planning and strategic variety choices, growers can add greens of all kinds to the fall bounty.

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Customer Service Manager, Allen Satterlee, Completes 2016 Tour de Fresh

Customer Service Manager, Allen Satterlee, Completes 2016 Tour de Fresh

$166,000 in Total Raised to Bring Salad Bars to Schools!

On July 27th,  Allen Satterlee rode across the Tour de Fresh finish line in Monterey, California. 

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Farm to Blender: Drinking Your Fruit & Vegetables

Farm to Blender: Drinking Your Fruit & Vegetables

Learn these top smoothie tips to inspire customers and boost sales!

Smoothies and juices are healthy for the consumer and for your farm market business! They use large volumes of premium greens, fruit and vegetables that customers need to buy on a regular basis.

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TREND ALERT: Shishito Peppers are Hot!

TREND ALERT: Shishito Peppers are Hot!

Well, at least one in ten peppers is said to be...

What you need to know about these unique peppers!

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Leveling the Field

Leveling the Field

Protecting Plant Genetics

Breeding & Baseball

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Sakata Donates Salad Bar to Galt School District

Sakata Donates Salad Bar to Galt School District

Continues the Tour de Fresh Tradition

On December 6th, Sakata Seed America’s Tour de Fresh rider, Allen Satterlee, proudly presented the Galt Elementary School District of California with a brand new salad bar.

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