• The Fiddyment Family - Northeast Kern County, California

    David Fiddyment was a pioneer in the American pistachio industry, with his first orchard in Roseville, California. For many years pistachio growers used processing technology that was invented by him.

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  • Sharon Roden - Western Kern County, California

    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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  • The Wilkinson Family - Delano, California

    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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  • The Munger Family - Delano, California

    In the late 1960s, the Munger family started growing peaches, walnuts, watermelons, pumpkins and other vegetables in the Sacramento area. Then in 1971 they bought their first farm and learned first-hand that taking calculated risks can yield results in the ever-changing world of agriculture.

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  • Richard and Maxine Paslay - Madera, California

    Born into a farming family, Richard Paslay learned the value of hard work at a young age. His childhood was spent working in the field where he absorbed the farming knowledge that he carries to this day. For the last 34 years he has managed more than 3,200 pistachio acres across Madera County.

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  • The Gupta Family - Tulare County, California

    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 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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  • Thom and Dottie Dille - Lincoln, California

    Thom Dille is the current chairman of APG’s Board of Directors and has been in the pistachio business as a grower and processors for over 10 years.

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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 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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  • The Lowder Family - Madera, California

    Larry and Janice Lowder farm cooperatively with other family members who own farms. The family’s been farming for two generations.

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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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  • Alan Robbs - Willcox, Arizona

    Alan, his wife Kathy and his three sons Nick, Zach and Joram, farm pistachios along with other crops, such as lettuce and pumpkins, much of which is sold at regional farmer’s markets. Alan is a second-generation farmer, so they are a four-generation family farm.

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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 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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