Stories about noteworthy people

and milestones in California agriculture

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Our Story is a platform that provides a home for stories about the families, people and milestones that take place in California agriculture.

Here, you will find personal stories that illustrate the unique role that growers/producers have to bring fresh fruits and veggies to the marketplace and restaurants.

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Our topics will focus on the actual production of fresh fruits and vegetables with in-depth look at the historical and cultural significance of various commodities and farming families of all sizes and generations deep. Personal stories about how they got started and where they are headed.

Farming Fables is intended for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of where their food comes from by hearing directly from the growers, their families, and their employees.

  • Brad Gleason (President of West Hills Farm Service) and Gabrielle Kirkland (writer for farmingfables).

    Brad Gleason Q & A

    Who: Brad Gleason, President of West Hills Farm Services, Inc. (Fresno, CA), President of Montage for Ag (Fresno, CA) and Partner in Nature’s Jo...

  • Brad Gleason (President of West Hills Farms Service and Montage for Ag)

    Brad Gleason: Farming Solutions

    When Brad Gleason started farming in the 1980s, he never could have imagined how the decision would ultimately lead him to create his own software com...

  • Harold McClarty, CEO of HMC Farms (Kingsburg, CA), and Gabrielle Kirkland, writer for Farming Fables (Fresno, CA).

    Harold McClarty Q & A

    Who: Harold McClarty is the Chief Executive Officer of HMC Farms (Kingsburg, California). He is a self-made business owner that runs a vertically-...

  • Harold McClarty, CEO of HMC Farms (Kingsburg, CA). He grows table grapes, peaches, nectarines and plums.

    Harold McClarty: Honest Fruit

    IN THE FIELD Working in the field for the first 25 years of one’s life would push most people to seek comfort — a job indoors and free fro...

FAQs is a platform that provides a home for stories about the families, people and milestones that take place in California agriculture.

What you can expect from this site?

Behind-the-scenes stories about the fast-paced and innovative ag industry and candid interviews with the men and women who bring fresh produce to the world.  The goal is to provide insight about what the inside of the state’s ag community looks like. Content is focused on placing people in context of their stature within the agricultural community to showcase years of experience to arrive at this point.  

When are new posts made?

Posts will be made twice a week. One post will focus on the produce industry and all the moving pieces that come together to bring fresh food to you! The second post will be a profile about a grower or rancher, about what is important to them as well as explain what their role is in the ag community. 

Do you want to connect and comment?

Feedback is key to keeping relevant and focused.  

The stories shared here are meant to prompt thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions — please share your insight and together the experience will be one about learning and inclusion.

I ask that you be respectful, honest and fair in making public comments. The agenda in this space is to inform and enlighten. 

Why we are doing this? is written by Gabrielle Kirkland, who has been involved in the ag community for the last last 15 years.  She has had many unique experiences working with ag professionals and has a sincere desire to help others  understand and appreciate the people who grow fresh fruits, vegetables and other food products. 

Where is based?

In Fresno, California, which is right in the middle of the state.

Contact Us

Gabrielle Kirkland is the writer behind farmingfables who wants to build a relationship with readers by providing a realistic and candid perspective of those who are responsible for producing fresh fruit and vegetables.

Kirkland is a former newspaper staff writer and journalism major with a passion for production agriculture. She lives in Fresno with her two children. Her day job is working for the insurance industry. will provide relevant and interesting stories about the individuals who grow, pack or ship fresh fruits and vegetables as well as explain the connection that all people share with farming families.

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