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 Amin Family - Wasco, CA

    Ali Amin was born and raised in a farming family in Iran that has been growing and marketing pistachios for four generations. In 1989, Ali Amin founded Primex International, a trading company dedicated to processing, promoting and exporting pistachios.

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  • The Kusmak Family - Tularosa, New Mexico

    When Adam Kusmak’s parents relocated to New Mexico in 1986, they decided to dabble in pistachio farming as a business investment. They purchased land in Tularosa, New Mexico, located in Otero County in the southern part of the state.

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  • Shirley and Steve Seplak - Willcox, Arizona

    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.

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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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