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 from the elements of the seasons. For Harold McClarty, this start in life led him to seek honest...

Wayne Brandt, corporate president of Brandt Farms, Inc., with Gabrielle Kirkland.

Wayne Brandt Q & A

Who: Wayne Brandt, Corporate President of Brandt Farms, Inc., and a fourth generation grower. Wayne is a marketing entrepreneur of a vertically-integrated farming operation in Reedley, CA. Community advocate through leadership and volunteer service with the Reedley Lions Club. He also served on the Board and...

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...

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...

Welcome to Farming Fables web site about California ag stories.

Welcome!

Reality-based adventures I am an optimistic day dreamer who loves adventure. The wild stories in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remind me of my own rabbit-hole adventures. Like Alice, the stories begin simply based in reality and then branch off into various directions through new characters. Thus...