Lincoln Forry, and Gabrielle Kirkland in Colusa, CA.

Lincoln Forry Q & A

WHO: Lincoln Forry FARMS: A 650-acre walnut orchard, along with a walnut huller/dryer in Northern California. FARMING START: Lincoln's farming story goes back to 1903 when his great-grandfather purchased a ranch in Colusa (north of Sacramento). Lincoln was raised on the same ranch. He assumed the patriarch-role for the family's...

Lincoln Forry has been a walnut farmer his entire life in California. He has moved to Texas to keep his farming legacy alive.

CALIFORNIA IS LOSING FAMILY FARMS

FARMING FAMILY MOVES TO TEXAS TO PRESERVE THEIR LEGACY Today, December 26, Lincoln Forry, a California walnut farmer will transplant his family's century-old farming legacy to a new state. Despite a healthy 650-acre walnut orchard, loyal employees and top-of-the-line equipment, this farming operation can no longer...

Gabrielle Kirkland (left) and Vernon Peterson enjoy fresh and sweet watermelon at Vernon's packinghouse,

Q & A: Vernon Peterson

Who: Vernon Peterson, President of Abundant Harvest Organics and Peterson Family Farms. [caption id="attachment_497" align="alignright" width="222"] Vernon Peterson shown with fresh peaches from his peach orchards. The peaches were packed into the Community Supported Agriculture boxes that he sells through Abundant Harvest Organics.[/caption] Farms: Raises chickens and grows peaches,...

From left: Vernon Peterson pictured with his daughter, Heather, and granddaughter, Skylee, at the packinghouse in Reedley.

Solution-Minded Farmer Grows More Than Fruit

(Pictured above, from left: Vernon Peterson, his daughter, Heather, and granddaughter Skylee.) The tiny, impoverished communities in Tulare County of Traver and London -- that sit just 10 miles south and east -- are very important places to Vernon Peterson, a Kingsburg-based grower. Vernon sees hope and...

Gabrielle Kirkland and Doug Hemly pictured at one of Greene and Hemly's pear orchards.

Q & A: Doug Hemly

Who: Doug Hemly, President and CEO of Greene and Hemly, Inc. Farms: Apples, pears and kiwi as well as packs and ships fruit. Farming Start: Doug was born into a farming family, but he did not plan to go into farming. He attended college in Southern California with an aspiration...

Doug Hemly pictured in a pear orchard that his family has farmed for more than 100 years.

Fifth Generation Delta-Pear Farmer Doug Hemly

When Doug Hemly, a Delta farmer, bends down to grab a handful of soil from his farmland he thinks about his family's legacy. Four generations came before him -- each leaving an imprint on the family farm. With this history in mind, Doug’s philosophy is...

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

Q & A: Brad Gleason

Who: Brad Gleason, President of West Hills Farm Services, Inc. (Fresno, CA), President of Montage for Ag (Fresno, CA) and Partner in Nature's Joy, Inc. (Fresno, CA). Farms: 13,000 acres of pistachios and almonds. Farming start: Brad grew up with an appreciation of farming. As a kid, he frequently visited...

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 company some 30 years later. His inquisitive nature and willingness to take risks has led Brad to create several businesses and partnerships...

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-integrated fresh fruit farming, packing and marketing operation. This includes farming the same 40 acres that his great-grandfather settled on in 1887 in Parlier, California. Farms: Peaches, plums, nectarines and table...