These baby owls are monitored by the grower to make sure they’re thriving. When grown, they’ll be part of the integrated pest control plan, ridding the orchard of vermin.
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!
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.See More >
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.See More >
Today, the Orandi clan has seven families actively working in farming, farm management and processing. Several more family members have invested in orchards. Adam and Mehdi farm side-by-side. Adam says, “I have found my identity in the pistachio industry and feel very passionate about it …. There is nothing like the anticipation of harvest, the all-nighters during hull/dry and the relief when it’s over.See More >