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. At that time, pistachio farming was on the cusp of becoming a healthy commercial endeavor in that region. So, what started out as an orchard of a few acres, soon expanded to full-scale production of nearly 60 acres with a plan to expand to 80 acres in 2016.

In 2005, Danielle joined the family pistachio business with Adam and his parents. Danielle, who was born in New Mexico, joined the family with an already-diversifi ed background in agriculture that included spending hours in the saddle as she worked summers for her father’s business in agri-tourism. When the time was right, she attended college in Oklahoma and New Mexico, where she earned her master’s degree in agriculture. Her main interest was in (and remains) stewardship agriculture-sustainability of both natural and human resources while achieving high-quality results.

Adam moved with his parents from Wyoming to New Mexico in 1986 and continued his education and agriculture activities. Adam received both his degrees from New Mexico State University in agriculture business and agriculture economics. Danielle and Adam instill their agricultural values in their two energetic boys-Kaleb (8) and Samuel (5). “They are fast-paced learners in the orchard,” says Danielle. “They learn about the many facets of pistachio production by actively participating in planting new seedling trees, helping to maintain mature plots, and both harvesting and marketing their New Mexico-grown pistachios.”

Adam and Danielle find limitless opportunities to involve the family in the whole process of pistachio farming. “We are invested in teaching good agriculture stewardship in the next generation of Kusmak pistachio farmers,” says Danielle.

The Kusmak Family

Adam and Danielle Kusmak