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!
In 1972, Keenan Farms began when Charles Keenan purchased 100 acres of newly planted pistachio trees in Avenal, California. With their first crop in 1976, Charles and his son, Robert, took another giant step into this new industry and invested in their own processing equipment.See More >
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 >
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 >