Meet Our Growers

Throughout California, Arizona and New Mexico, there are families who grow pistachios. Their livelihoods depend on Mother Nature and their ability to work with her. They’re involved in their communities and work diligently toward a sustainable future in farming. With a constant eye on the weather and another on the crop, these folks all have one thing in common—they love what they do.

Check in occasionally as we add growers to our American Pistachio Growers photo album, and welcome to the farm!

 

Our Growers

  • The Wilkinson Family - Delano, CA

    Larry Wilkinson’s grandmother, Janie Poonian, began farming in the mid-1980’s in Delano. She taught him to farm and he carried on their family pistachio tradition. He now farms with his wife, Lorie and their five children (soon to be six).

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  • The Schmiederer Family - Mendota, CA

    “I have been farming since 1990,” Jeff said. “0ver the last 25 years I have seen big changes in the types of crops being grown as well as in environmental challenges. As farmers, we adapt. As for pistachios, they seem to take on the challenges we face. Pistachios handle poorer water quality from our wells better than other crops, and they can get by with less water than other tree crops. I have also seen the pistachio industry grow from a predominately domestic market to a worldwide market.”

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  • Thom and Dottie Dille - Lincoln, CA

    Thom Dille has been in the pistachio business as a grower and processors for over 10 years. Today, he is general manager for David and Dolly Fiddyment of Fiddyment Farms, which includes over 600 acres of pistachios in Kern County and a boutique pistachio processing operation near Sacramento.

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  • Shirley and Steve Seplak - Willcox, Arizona

    Steve Seplak’s career as a bridge engineer gave way to farming pistachios in the high desert of Arizona. With his wife, Shirley, they manage their farm and are active members of Shriners, a charitable organization that raises money to build children’s hospitals and fund their medical care.

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