Mark Armstrong feels it is important to support agriculture, because it is what drives the economy. San Joaquin County is crucial to the agricultural production of the United States, and without it, he said, our area is dead. In support of local agriculture, he has served as manager of the Lodi Grape Festival for the past 19 years.
"Mark has elevated the Lodi Grape Festival to one of the best-managed operations in California," said Tom Hoffman, a friend and fellow Grape Festival board member. For his contributions in agriculture, Armstrong was chosen as an inductee for the Lodi Community Hall of Fame.