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 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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  • 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 Munger Family - Delano, CA

    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.

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  • The Lowder Family - Madera, CA

    Larry and Janice Lowder farm cooperatively with other family members who own farms. The family’s been farming for two generations.

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