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 Keenan Family - Avenal, California

    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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  • 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 Amin Family - Wasco, California

    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 Blackwell Family - Northeast Kern County, California

    Three generations of Blackwells farm pistachios in an area called Little Creek, where the foothills of the Sierra Nevada roll down to the San Joaquin Valley floor. Brian began working at Pioneer Nursery in his teens, where pistachio rootstock is developed for the industry.

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