Wayne Brandt grows lots of tree fruit. His father started the business in the 1940s with peaches and nectarines.

Wayne Brandt: Fourth-Generation Farmer

For Wayne Brandt, his farming story is unique because of his family history, role in the farming business and ability to recover from financial hard times. Wayne lives in Reedley, CA, a small farming community that skirts along the Kings River about 35 miles southeast of...

Doug Phillips, owner of Phillips Farms based in Visalia pictured in his greenhouse where he grows kiwi rootstock

Doug Phillips: San Joaquin Valley’s Water Trail

Tucked away against the foothills in Southern San Joaquin Valley there are mile-long rows of kiwi vines and citrus groves producing sweet fruit that eventually ends up for sale in grocery stores across the nation. In this geographic section of the San Joaquin Valley, Doug...

John Martzen is a grower and pest control advisor who lives in Reedley, CA.

John Martzen: The Plant Doctor

John Martzen is a pest control advisor for the Gar Tootelian, Inc., (Reedley, CA) where his job is to advise growers on how to manage pest and disease on their farms. Collectively, John consults with growers who control thousands of acres of productive farmland. John literally...

Grower and Pest Control Advisor, John Martzen, lives on a citrus grove in Reedley, CA. Pictured here with Gabrielle Kirkland who has known John for 15 years.

John Martzen Q & A

Who: John Martzen is a third generation farmer who has been involved in farming since he was a kid. Farms: 55 acres of citrus and almonds. Occupation: He is a pest control advisor who works with growers or collectivel own or manage thousands of acres of farmland. John has worked in the...