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 Blackwell Family - Northeast Kern County, California

    Three generations of Blackwells farm pistachios in an area called Little Creek, where the foothills of the Sierra Nevada roll down to the San Joaquin Valley floor. Brian began working at Pioneer Nursery in his teens, where pistachio rootstock is developed for the industry.

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  • Richard and Maxine Paslay - Madera, California

    Born into a farming family, Richard Paslay learned the value of hard work at a young age. His childhood was spent working in the field where he absorbed the farming knowledge that he carries to this day. For the last 34 years he has managed more than 3,200 pistachio acres across Madera County.

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  • Thom and Dottie Dille - Lincoln, California

    Thom Dille is the current chairman of APG’s Board of Directors and has been in the pistachio business as a grower and processors for over 10 years.

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  • The Gupta Family - Tulare County, California

    The Gupta family originated in India where Dr. Gupta and Dr. Kumar farmed with their maternal grandparents. Now in their fifth generation of farming, Anil Gupta oversees their pistachio orchards in Tulare County, where the family lives.

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