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150 Main Street, Suite 130 | Salinas, CA 93901-3435 info@wginnovation.com | wginnovation.com | 831.272.0661


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About Us • About The Center. 4 • About Western Growers & Membership. 4 Salinas Regional Profile. 5 Local Hot Spots. 6 Facilities Access. 8 Work Space. 8 • Resident Work Stations . 8 • Hot Desks. 8 • Conference Rooms. 8 Printer/Copier/Fax. 9 Building Amenities . 10 • Wi-Fi . 10 • On-Site Kitchen & Coffee . 10 • Parking. 10 • Mail. 10 • Additional Amenities . 11

Waste Management Program . 12

Events . 13

Shared Space Etiquette . 14

Helpful Contacts . 15

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About The Center Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) is a place for promising start-ups and companies in the agtech industry. It is a collaborative effort between Western Growers Board of Directors, WG members, sponsors, investors, and CIT residents to invent and utilize technology in order to feed more people, while using fewer inputs and leaving a smaller footprint on the world. The Center offers opportunities to network and collaborate with industry leaders in the heart of Salinas, California— the “Salad Bowl of the World.” By partnering with WG members, innovators will be able to help solve critical problems facing the ag industry. Through the Center, agriculture leaders will be able to prioritize opportunities, vet start- ups and technology companies, set up technology testing and facilitate industry feedback, and communicate progress for California, Arizona and Colorado fresh produce farmers. The Center is a bustling hub of creativity, exchange and development coupled with events, demonstrations, and talks designed to accelerate needed technology for the fresh produce industry.

About Western Growers Western Growers was founded in 1926 in California’s Imperial Valley. At the time, we were called the Western Growers Protective Association, and our mission was to fight for fair transportation rates for the agricultural industry. Western Growers Association brought the industry together to support a common goal with the philosophy that there is strength in numbers. As the organization has expanded to provide a lobbying voice in state and federal government, affordable health benefits, PACA support, legal and human resources guidance and more, this philosophy continues to guide our growth. Since 1926, Western Growers has represented local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona and California, and now Colorado, too. WG members provide half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including a third of America’s fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year- round access to nutritious food. Western Growers exists to satisfy one mission— to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members. As a resident of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, you also receive regular membership to Western Growers Association. Please see the attached Member Guide outlining the benefits of WG membership.

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Regional Profile California’s Salinas Valley is known for its vibrant agriculture industry and as the hometown of writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels there, including Of Mice and Men . Located just 60 miles south of Silicon Valley, the region is home to a $9 billion agriculture industry. Known as “The Salad Bowl of the World,” the Salinas Valley is responsible for growing roughly 70% of the nation’s lettuce, as well as broccoli, mushrooms, strawberries and numerous other produce crops. If it has anything to do with agriculture, it’s happening in Salinas. Salinas has also earned a global reputation as an agriculture and innovation hub. Both iceberg lettuce and bagged salad, which revolutionized the fresh food industry, were invented in this region. Home to a USDA Agricultural Research Station and the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation, Salinas is a hotbed for agricultural research and resources. Salinas is the ideal place for agribusinesses and technology

from incoming fog and the afternoons are cooled by ocean breeze. Average annual precipitation for this area is 14.2 inches. Salinas has the cleanest air of any city in California, ranking 6th in the entire country for air quality. The Salinas Valley is home to spectacular scenery, from breathtaking mountains and valleys, to the beauty of the sun, sand, sea and soil. Salinas is the regional trade center for California’s Central Coast counties, and the industrial, commercial

companies alike to leverage California’s natural resources and innovative environment. The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology plays a critical role in this collaboration.

and residential hub of the Salinas Valley. The city is also the county seat of Monterey County, and the largest municipality by population in the Central Coast region.

As the city with the largest population in California’s Central Coast, Salinas is a multicultural and diverse community and a key asset in today’s global economy. The nearby Pacific Ocean keeps the Salinas Valley nice and cool. Its Mediterranean- like climate with average temperatures at 68ºF is perfect for growing plants. During summer months, the mornings are cool

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Local Hot Spots The WGCIT is located in the new Taylor Building, in the heart of historic downtown Salinas, across the street from the Steinbeck Center and within walking distance of multiple restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. This building is a key part of an exciting downtown revitalization plan. Expect lots of new businesses in the coming months!



• Blue Aces Bake Shoppe 8 W. Gabilan Street Located in historic Old town Salinas, Blue Aces Bake Shoppe is a full service dessert bar and cakery with fresh savory quiches and tarts along with their dozens of decadent pastries. Cherry Bean Gourmet Coffeehouse & Roastery 332 Main Street Locally owned and operated coffee roaster serves espresso beverages, pastries, and breakfast burritos. First Awakenings 171 Main Street Local breakfast favorite, known for their customizable specialty pancakes. They were voted “Best Breakfast in Monterey County,” but also serve hearty lunch options. Rollick’s Specialty Coffee 217 Main Street Voted Best Coffee in Monterey County, this is a go-to spot for coffees, teas, and baked goods. They also serve ice cream affogatos. If you are a regular customer, open an account in order to get every 10th drink free. • • •

• El Charrito 122 W Market Street Family owned Mexican market, restaurant, and tortilleria that makes their food from scratch each day from authentic family recipes. The BEST tacos in town! They currently have no seating area, so plan to take your lunch to go. Farm Fresh Deli 145 Main Street Specializing in sandwiches, soups, salads, this deli prides itself on offering fresh foods and utilizing as many local produce items and locally made items as possible. They also offer “Waffle Cone Wednesday” where a waffle cone of frozen yogurt is only 99 cents. You can order online for speedy pick up. • Delicious tacos with homemade tortillas (often made-to-order). The hot sauce is spicy! Ticino 201 Main Street A convenient Italian deli with good coffees and a range of things like paninis, wraps, “gourmet of the day” specials like the grilled tri-tip on Wednesdays, rotating soups, and tossed-to-order salads. • • Pica Fresh Mex 157 Main Street

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• Steinbeck House Restaurant 132 Central Avenue Built in 1897, this Queen Anne-style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck, and now serves as a restaurant. Their seasonal, limited menu changes on a weekly basis and all lunch items are available for take-out.

   Sit Down Restaurants

Grower’s Pub Steak House 227 Monterey Street

Grower’s Pub pays homage to the agricultural history of Salinas with a tantalizing menu, mouth-watering entrees, and world-class spirits.

Kokoro Sushi 36 W. Gabilan Street


Fresh sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, or grill and cook Japanese food. Lunch specials available. Monterey Coast Brewing 165 Main Street Offering steaks, local seafood, pizza, and burgers, along with 8 beers brewed on site. Pick up a growler refill for only $7 on Thirsty Thursdays. Patria 228 Main Street Spacious landmark spot enjoys soothing ambiance to match the sublime European countryside food, from butternut squash pizza to roasted lamb to wild boar pappardelle. A beautiful bar area offers lush charcuterie and other sundries during happy hour. One of the best in the area. • • Homey eatery supplying smoked meats, steaks & basic sides, plus a rotating menu of craft brews. Shogun Japanese Cuisine 216 Main Street Creative Americanized Japanese cuisine in a modern setting with menu options like artichoke • tempura, Texas hold-em roll, and sukiyaki. In addition to special rolls, look for good values on lunch boxes, and some Korean specials to boot. • Salinas City BBQ 700 W. Market Street

• Hampton Inn & Suites (by Hilton) 523 Work Street (831) 754-4700

Courtyard by Marriott 17225 El Rancho Way (831) 775-0491 Residence Inn 17215 El Rancho Way (831) 775-0410

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Access The Taylor Building employs two 24-hour security guards on staff who will be there to grant access into the main building. Once inside, you will need a key FOB to enter the WGCIT suite. Residents will be issued one key per space rented, and will require a contact person to be on file as responsible for the card. You may share the key card amongst multiple users, but the contact person will ultimately be responsible for the key card and its usage. Please do not rely on WG staff or other residents to grant you access to the CIT suite. If you do need to be let in, please be prepared to show identification. WGCIT hours are from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., seven days per week. WG staff will usually be on-site on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For special instances requiring after-hours access, please contact WG staff. Work Space    Resident Work Stations Your workstation comes equipped with a top-of-the-line ergonomic, adjustable chair, hidden power outlets, plugs for wired internet, and, by request, a VoIP phone line. Additionally, you will have a personal, locked cabinet to store your files or devices. This comes with two keys —please be sure to keep both safe. WG staff does not have a master key to open your cabinet should you lose both keys, and you will be charged for the cost of opening/replacing the locked cabinet in that event.

basis. These areas may not be reserved, so please be prepared to be flexible in where you work.

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Our state-of-the-art conference room is available for your use by appointment. We offer wireless laptop display onto our big-screen TV, as well as voice and video conferencing. We have a conference room scheduling device located on the wall to the right of the conference room. It is connected to an Outlook calendar managed by WG staff. If the room is in use, the lights on the sides of the display panel will glow red. If it is available, the lights will be green. To view availability, simply walk up to the display. The screen will come on automatically. Push “day view,” and the calendar will appear. You can use the arrows on the right side to scroll up and down through time slots of the day, and the day buttons on the left side to scroll through different dates. If you see an available time you would like to book, please let WG staff know, and we will block off the time on the corresponding Outlook calendar. You can also push the “reserve now” button if the room is available and you have an Jennifer or Stephanie to inquire about availability. Alternately, you can send an Outlook calendar invite for your desired appointment time to wgic_conference1@ wginnovation.com. Please make sure to include your name and company in the subject line. If the room is already booked, you will receive an automatic calendar decline informing you of the time conflict. Finally, please keep in mind that this is immediate appointment come up. For remote booking, you can call

   Hot Desks

There are 9 “hot desk” stations that are available on a first-come, first-serve

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a shared space and be courteous about making and keeping your reservations. If you no longer need an appointment, or your meeting ends early, please let WG staff know so that the room can be made available to other residents. WG staff are happy to assist you with scheduling: Emily Lyons elyons@wga.com 831-272-0661

the app store. 3. Open HP ePrint App. 4. Push “Activate Now” 5. Enter email address. 6. Check email for activation code and enter into the app. 7. Select your preference for diagnostics feedback within the app and push “Done.” 8. Touch where it says “No Printer Found” to select a printer. 9. Push the “+” button to add a printer. 10. Enter the email address wginnovation@hpeprint.com. 11. The HP Color Laser Jet MFP M476nw will appear and your device is now connected. 12. Proceed with printing from your device’s photos/web/email/cloud. 13. To print from your email/cloud *Note: This app is not approved by default settings for Gmail accounts. In order to enable the app to print from your Gmail, you will need to log into your Gmail account online and manually update your security settings. Go to “My Account > Sign In & Security > Connected Apps & Sites” and switch “Allow less secure apps” to “ON” position. (You can switch back to the default security setting immediately after printing.) To make copies, simply feed paper face-up into the top feeder of the copy machine, or place face down on the glass face. Use the arrows to move the number of copies up or down, or press on the cursor box and enter the desired number of copies. Then press either “Black” or “Color” to begin the job. Please    Copying you need to enter your account information in order to add your account.

Stephanie Kettering skettering@wga.com 949-885-2364

Printer/Copier/Fax Basic printing, copying, and faxing can be done on site using our HP Color Jet Pro. Please take care of large printing or scanning jobs off site. Western Growers operates an in-house print shop in Irvine that offers services at competitive pricing for WGCIT residents on specialty printing projects. Please contact Robert Delgado at rdelgado@wga.com Installing the Printer onto your Computer/Laptop 1. Check out the printer installation CD- ROM from Jennifer. 2. Enter CD-ROM into CD drive. Follow the steps to install. 3. Password: !nnovation2015 Mobile Printing from your iPad/iPhone/ Android 1. Make sure you are connected to the “WesternGrowersInnovationCenter” wireless network. 2. Download the free HP ePrint App on    Printing

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be mindful to select “Black” rather than “Color” whenever color is unnecessary. For features such as double-sided, other paper sizes, or enlarging, press the “Settings” button and scroll through to select your preferences. The Center provides standard 8.5”x11” paper. If you need to print on alternate paper sizes, please bring in the paper yourself. Receiving Faxes Our incoming fax line is (831) 272-0663. Please encourage anyone who will be sending a fax to include a cover sheet detailing the intended recipient of the fax and the number of pages. Faxes will be distributed by WG staff to the appropriate recipient upon receipt. Sending Faxes 1. Insert pages into the top feeder, print side facing up. 2. Select “Fax” on home screen menu. 3. Enter the destination fax number. Enter a 1 if dialing long-distance. 4. Press “Start Fax”    Faxing

   On-Site Kitchen & Coffee

We offer an on-site refrigerator, sink, coffee and tea for your enjoyment. We also provide cups, flatware, condiments, and cleaning supplies. Please help to keep this area tidy for everyone by washing any dishes immediately after use and cleaning up any spills. Additionally, please be mindful of your refrigerator items and don’t leave food in the fridge for long periods of time. The fridge will be cleaned out every Monday morning and anything spoilable that was left over the weekend will be discarded. Depending on the time of day, there is typically free 2-hour street parking available. Parking Garage for Startups: Monterey Street Parking Garage – $4/day or $20/ month passes https://www.yelp.com/biz/ monterey-st-parking-garage-salinas Do not park in the lot on property—that area is reserved for visitors only. You are free to have mail and deliveries sent to our suite at your attention. WG staff will check the mailboxes daily and distribute mail appropriately. Please note that WG is not responsible for any lost or undelivered mail/packages. Incoming mail should be addressed as follows: Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology Attn: [RESIDENT NAME & COMPANY] 150 Main Street, #130 Salinas, CA 93901    Mail    Parking

Building Amenities


The WGCIT has fast wi-fi available for residents and guests. Please speak with WG staff for up-to-date network and password information. These are dedicated networks for WGCIT residents and guests. Please do not give out our wi-fi passwords to anyone else. Too much traffic on our networks will slow them down and result in frustrating delays for everyone.

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   Additional Amenities

Starbucks: https://www.starbucks.com/ store-locator/store/1018638/taylor-fresh- foods-150-main-st-salinas-ca-93923-us Portobello’s: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ portobellos-salinas 1st Capital Bank: https://www.1stcapital.bank/ Casona on Main: https://www.facebook.com/ casonaonmain/ Gifts on the Go: http://giftsonthegosalinas.com/ Taylor AlphaProject Gym: Corporate Wellness Taylor Farms http://alphasportscience.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ alphaproject831/ Memberships Priced by Wellness Packages (see Emily Lyons for registration link)

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In order to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill, Taylor Farms Building management developed a comprehensive waste management program that includes mixed recycling and electronic waste (e-waste) collection. There is a color coded program to help you determine which waste stream your waste belongs in. For further questions please contact Nicole Flewell at (831) 277-7054 or nflewell@taylorfarms.com.

reusable containers whenever possible, to limit the amount of waste going to landfills. Materials that must go to landfills today are, food waste, paper towels and tissues, paper plates, Styrofoam, coffee cups and lids, foil wrappers, wax lined items, yard waste, ceramics, window glass and drinking glasses. Waste going to the landfill to be in dark colored bags. We support Hope Services, a local non- profit. One way we help support them is through e-waste donations. Hope Services collects e-waste, working or not. Acceptable e-waste includes: computers, monitors, computer cables, mice, keyboards, VCRs, faxes, radios, printers, telephones, televisions, CPUs, monitors, stereos, speakers, DVD players, and cell phones. Please contact WGCIT staff if you have items to donate to our e-waste program.    Electronic Waste (E-Waste)


In accordance with the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority and Republic Services, the following list includes what’s recyclable and what’s not. Yes : paper, cardboard, binders, notebooks, magazines, file hangers, paper clips, stapled items), any paper material that rips, metals, aluminum, plastics and glass No : paper towels and tissues, paper plates, Styrofoam, light bulbs and batteries (e-waste), coffee cups and lids, foil wrappers, wax lined items, yard waste, ceramics, window glass and drinking glasses Materials to be recycled must be in clear bags.


The first and best option is always to reduce the amount of waste coming in, and utilize





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The WG Center for Innovation & Technology will host regular events designed to improve networking and collaboration between our residents and our members. Our monthly CEO-level talks will give our residents insight as to the needs and priorities of WG members and the ag industry as a whole. Additionally, our regular Tech Talks will offer an opportunity for start-ups to present their offerings to Western Growers members in order to facilitate feedback, training and mentorship from an agriculture industry perspective. Through our events, the WGCIT will showcase the best of current ag technology and foster collaboration between everyone working in, working with, and benefiting from the ag tech industry. Check with WG staff on information on upcoming events!

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Not only do we share this space with each other, we share it with potential clients, potential investors, and visitors as well. While we believe it is important for you to make your workspace “your own,” the collaborative nature of our office layout makes your desk more visible to others, so please limit your personal belongings and ensure that they are not distracting to anyone else. WG is not responsible for any personal belongings. Here are some tips on common workplace etiquette that will help us settle in. Bottom line: be considerate of others, and leave it better than you found it. Most importantly, we want the WGCIT to be a great place to work. So have fun, collaborate, generate, and innovate!

Conference Room • Turn off TV screen/video

Sound Advice • Please be sensitive to your neighbors and limit your noise levels. • Avoid using speakerphones at your workstations. • Don’t scream across the workspace. Use email, messenger, or walk over to the person you want to speak to. • Please keep cell phones on vibrate. Privacy and Quiet Time • Send the right signals. If you don’t want to be disturbed, please post a sign or put on your headphones. • Don’t loiter. If someone’s busy, especially if they’re on the phone, come back later. • Unless you are asked to, don’t look at other residents’ computer screens. Feedback • If something is broken or out of stock please report it to WG staff immediately. • Please give us your feedback! We want to meet your needs and make sure that the Center is a great place for you to spend your work day.

conferencing equipment (see WG staff for instructions) • Chairs are to be put back neatly around the table • Any food/utensils must be cleared away and disposed of in outer trash bins • No food is to be placed in the conference room trash bins • Table must be wiped down and carpet picked up if necessary Common Areas • If you spill something, please clean it up • No garbage is to be left on the ground. Please be mindful of the area you are using • Wipe down all whiteboards after use • Clean up dishes immediately after use. Please don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. • Keep track of your personal belongings Shared Air • Please be considerate of others in choosing to eat certain foods at your desk or within the Center space. • Avoid excessive perfumes or

colognes. Some scents may affect the health of coworkers, like those with asthma.

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Dennis Donohue Consulting Manager, WGCIT (831) 594-4883 ddagtech@outlook.com

Hank Giclas WG Senior Vice President, Science & Technology, Strategic Planning (949) 885-2205 hgiclas@wga.com

Emily Lyons Administrative Assistant, WGCIT (831) 272-0661 elyons@wga.com

Stephanie Kettering Executive Assistant, Science & Technology (949) 885-2364 skettering@wga.com

Danielle Charters Executive Administrative Assistant, Taylor Building (831) 754-0471 ext. 9023 dcharters@taylorfarms.com

Rob Andrews Project Engineer for Building Construction, Security Supervisor (408) 393-6133 randrews@barryswensonbuilder.com

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