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Category: Meet a Farmer

Meet Amber Balakian; Educator, Entrepreneur and Farmer

Growing up in a farming family, Amber Balakian spent many long days farming alongside her family and their employees (who she considers practically family) on their 20-acre Central Valley...

California Farmer Dick Peixoto

As a high schooler,  young Dick Peixoto would leave campus to irrigate his crops, go back to school, then leave again later in the day to go turn off his irrigation.  Today’s high school...

The American Dream is alive in the fields of California

Oftentimes, the American dream is realized in the fields of California, and today we are sharing the story of a particular field in Imperial Valley where the dream was realized for several men,...

California Farmer Mel Resendiz

As we celebrate California Grown Farmer and Farmworker month, we want to highlight some very special farmers.  First up, meet first-generation California farmer, Mel...

Meet a Winemaker: Vailia From of Desparada Wines

The name Desparada is the female version of the word “Desperado,” meaning someone who is an outlaw, one that marches to a beat of his own.  The perfect name for this extraordinary wine,...

Meet a California Raisin Farmer: Richard Crowe of Black Crowe Vineyards

Meet a California Raisin farmer who wears many hats, both on and off the farm.  When he’s not farming table grapes or raisins, pomegranates, grapefruit, persimmons, and oranges in Fresno, he...

Meet A Farmer – Eric Schmidt of Eric Schmidt Farms

By day he’s a Fresno County Deputy Sheriff, but in the early mornings, evenings, and weekends, he’s a citrus farmer in Central California.  Meet Eric Schmidt, a farmer who’s not afraid of...

Meet a Vintner – Paula Kornell of Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine

We caught up with Paula Kornell on a very big day! It was the 75th anniversary of the Napa Valley Vintners and a week before she launched her own brand of sparkling wine, Paula Kornell Napa Valley...

Meet a Farmer: Chris Sayer of Petty Ranch

Chris Sayer is a fifth generation farmer based in Ventura County, California where he farms citrus and avocados.  He’s just as passionate about educating his neighbors on agriculture as he is...

Meet a Vintner: Lulu McClellon of Handley Cellars

Growing up, her family’s vineyards and gardens were her playground, and today, as the proprietor for Handley Cellars, they still are!  Meet vintner Lulu McClellon, whose passion for...

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