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!
The Mungers’ first years in America were not easy. The family survived by working together, parents and children, doing manual labor for local farmers in Northern California. After five years, in 1971, they were able to purchase their first 70 acres of peaches and walnuts. Watermelons were planted between the trees, and David and Kable learned the produce business by selling watermelons from the back of a truck. At a very young age the two brothers were taught by their father to know their costs, evaluate risks, and work hard to achieve results. And so when in 1980, Kable first heard about a new crop called pistachios, he was instantly interested.See More >
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.See More >
Sharon Roden has two big passions: Growing pistachios and operating the sag wagon for Team Chain Gang, cyclists who ride to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. She is a second-generation pistachio farmer, following in her parents’ footsteps.See More >