Your Better Business Bureau serving Central California and Inland Empire Counties, would like to congratulate Gar Tootelian, a farm services company, for receiving the Baker, Peterson & Franklin’s Ag Business of the year award.
The award was presented on November 13, at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Ag Awards Luncheon, to honor Gar Tootelian for their achievements and contribution to the agriculture industry and the community.
In 1949, Gar Tootelian and Esther Bedoian, established an agricultural chemical and fertilizer retail business based in Reedley-Gar Tooelian, Inc. The company is second generation family owned and operated, and currently serves 1,400 growers from Kern to Madera County.
Karen Musson, Partner at Gar Tootelian, graciously accepted the award and spoke on behalf of the company. Musson emphasized the need for agricultural education to overcome some of the problems in the Central Valley.
In 2003, the Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation was established. Since, its inception the foundation has granted more than $2 million to local colleges, high schools, and FFA groups. In addition, the foundation served a key role in establishing the newly opened “Valley Farm” at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, which was designed to educate young people about agriculture.