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 Robinson Family - Fresno County, CA

    Farming and agriculture flow through Gary Robinson’s veins. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Hanford, California, Gary decided to go beyond just experience and delve into the business side of agriculture, so off to college he went. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Fresno State University, and a Master of Science degree in agricultural science and management from UC Davis.

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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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  • The Blackwell Family - Northeast Kern County, CA

    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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  • Sharon Roden - Western Kern County, CA

    Sharon Roden has two big passions: Growing pistachios and operating the sag wagon for Team Chain Gang, cyclists who ride to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. She is a second-generation pistachio farmer, following in her parents’ footsteps.

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