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...

Doug Phillips is a grower and photographer in Visalia, CA.

Doug Phillips Q & A

Who: Doug Phillips of Phillips Farms (Visalia, CA) is a fourth generation grower and his son, David, represents the fifth generation. Farms: 700 acres of kiwi, cherries, peaches, plums, and citrus including lemons, navels in Visalia. Start in farming: Doug got into farming through his family. He was born to...

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...