The 1982 Senior Farmer Henry J. Bitter farmed wine and table grapes in Madera County for much of his life, but he is perhaps even better known for his service to the local farming industry and community.
Bitter was an active member of the Madera County Farm Bureau, serving as its president for two years and on the board for 13. His expertise led to his appointment as District 9 director of the California Farm Bureau Federation, a position he held for six years.
While a member of the bureau, he served on its executive committee as well as the political action, rural health, by-laws and resolutions committees. He also was the chairman of the Eastin Arcola Farm Bureau Center.
His legacy can still be seen in Madera today. As a founding member of the Heartland Opportunity Center, Bitter taught developmentally disabled adults how to live independently, as well as recreation and jobs skills, for 36 years. The center continues to carry out that mission today and each year gives a Business of the Year award in his honor at its annual dinner...