Grimm Family Education Foundatio
Barbara Grimm-Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Grimm Family Education Foundation and a committed philanthropist who contributes to numerous local causes. She is an involved owner and serves as a Board Director for Grimmway Enterprises, the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world. She has served on various boards, including the Lori Brock Children’s Museum, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the California State University Foundation, the Regents of Concordia University, and the Board of Directors of Tejon Ranch.
Grimmway Enterprises has a long tradition of providing educational opportunities for students of all ages and has supported a variety of education programs throughout Kern County. In 1998, Grimmway Enterprises established a college scholarship program for employees’ children and has since provided more than 450 scholarships.
While assessing the awards and impact of GEI’s scholarship program, Barbara discovered that many students in Kern County’s rural communities were not prepared for college, and the rates of childhood diabetes and obesity were growing at an alarming rate. To provide choice in educational options and increase student wellness and good health, Barbara founded the Grimm Family Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap for students in rural areas of Kern County and increasing wellness and good health through an experiential Edible Education program. The Foundation fostered an environment of student excellence and well-being through the “seed funding” of Grimmway Schools and the creation of Edible Schoolyard programs.
The Foundation’s mission came to life in August 2011 with the opening of Grimmway Academy, a public charter school in Arvin, serving 280 students in grades K-3. Today, located in California’s Central Valley, Grimmway Schools operates a network of public charter schools serving over 1,300 diverse scholars in grades K-8.
In partnership with the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District that same year, Kern County’s first Edible Schoolyard was opened at the Buena Vista campus. In the fall of 2012, the Foundation opened its second Edible Schoolyard on the Grimmway Academy Arvin campus and has since integrated that program into its blended learning curriculum and operational model. This unique concept was replicated in Grimmway Academy Shafter and will inform all future Grimmway Academies. Through the Foundation’s continued support of Grimmway Schools and new programs and partnerships with Bakersfield City School District, the Kern County Farm, Adventist Health and Kaiser Permanente, Barbara continues to make a difference in children’s lives in a way that has lasting, positive impact for each child and the communities in which these children live.
Barbara earned her Bachelor’s degree from Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Western State University of Law in Fullerton, California. She believes in pursuing a balanced life and is devoted to her husband, three grown children, and five grandchildren.
Join us as we honor Barbara Grimm-Marshall as the 2019 John Brock Award recipient on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Seven Oaks Country Club. The reception begins at 6:30pm, with the dinner and program to follow at 7:15pm.
Proceeds from the recognition dinner help fund the CSUB John Brock Endowment, which provides scholarships and program support for students in CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. Scholarships will be presented at the event to the 2019 scholarship recipients. Tickets for the event are $175 per person, and tables that seat eight can be purchased for $1,400.
Presenting sponsors include Chevron, Dignity Health, Valley Republic Bank, and Stria. Corporate table sponsorships also are available. Tickets may be purchased by calling 661-654-2023.