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

  • Mehdi & Adam Orandi Family - Terra Bella, CA

    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.

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  • The Schweers Family - New Mexico

    The Schweers have 85 acres of pistachios and a vineyard of 24,000 vines located between Alamogordo and Tularosa, New Mexico. All three children help with the business in some fashion.

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  • The Cook Family - Southeast Arizona

    Jim Cook’s family has ranched and farmed in Arizona since the 1880’s. In 1973, he began farming pistachios, a new crop in the area.

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  • The Valov Family - Tulare, CA

    Today, Jimi is owner and managing partner of Valov & Sons Farming, with over 1,000 acres of pistachios and almonds and 500 acres of cotton and alfalfa in Tulare and Kings counties. All of his crops, he is proud to say, are irrigated with drip irrigation.

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