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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Munger Family - Delano, CA

    The Mungers’ first years in America were not easy. The family survived by working together, parents and children, doing manual labor for local farmers in Northern California. After five years, in 1971, they were able to purchase their first 70 acres of peaches and walnuts. Watermelons were planted between the trees, and David and Kable learned the produce business by selling watermelons from the back of a truck. At a very young age the two brothers were taught by their father to know their costs, evaluate risks, and work hard to achieve results. And so when in 1980, Kable first heard about a new crop called pistachios, he was instantly interested.

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