Bailey DiIoia has joined Bloomington, Calif.-based Index Fresh Inc. in a field staff position, where he’ll be working with Ventura County growers.

Index Fresh distributes avocados from California, Mexico, Chile, and Peru under the AvoTerra brand. DiIoia and Gary Nichols will serve the county’s growers, according to a news release.

DiIoia is a recent graduate of the 16-month California Agricultural Leadership Foundation program and has a degree in horticulture from American River College.

His first job opportunity with avocados was in Carpinteria, Calif., where he worked for a farm manager and connected with Index Fresh. Giovanni Cavaletto, vice president of operations, announced DiIoia’s hiring.

He also has experience in the cut flower industry, having done internships in El Salvador, Guatemala and Carpinteria.