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 Gupta Family - Tulare County, CA

    The Gupta family originated in India where Dr. Gupta and Dr. Kumar farmed with their maternal grandparents. Now in their fifth generation of farming, Anil Gupta oversees their pistachio orchards in Tulare County, where the family lives.

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  • The Keenan Family - Avenal, CA

    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.

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  • Jim Graham - Cochise, Arizona

    Ruth and Jim Graham are second-generation pistachio growers in the historic part of Arizona known for being the home of the great Apache leader, Cochise.

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  • 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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