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- Creating a landmark legacy, Gerawan Farming has forever protected over 9,200 acres (more than 14 square miles) of fertile farmland in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Throughout its nearly 75-year history, Gerawan Farming has stayed true to its "family farm" roots and has remained passionate about quality and commitment to excellence. Ray Gerawan has continued the farming tradition started by his parents. Ray's sons, Mike and Dan, grew up working on the farm and now all three proudly operate this successful family business.
"Farming has always tied our family and community together," said Ray Gerawan. "Since the early years, when we planted our first trees in the river bottom area, my sons Dan and Mike and I, along with our dedicated employees, have all worked hard to ensure that Gerawan Farming is a name we're proud of. This conservation easement promises that the traditions we started many years ago continues for generations to come."
Ryan Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, emphasized the significance of this easement and stated, "Our organization has traditionally worked closely with Gerawan Farming. As a family business, the Gerawans have brought forward innovative agricultural practices and effective advancements to our valley. This unprecedented agricultural conservation easement will help ensure that our world-class ag lands will remain protected from development. We are thankful to the Gerawan Family for helping to promote and protect agriculture in our San Joaquin Valley."
Manuel Cunha, President of the Nisei Farmers League, agreed and added, "To protect farming on both the east and west sides of our valley ensures that the integrity of our world class agricultural production will be maintained, now and into the future. This historic easement demonstrates a clear appreciation for agriculture and conservation."
The Gerawan Agricultural Conservation Easement was recorded in Fresno County in December 2011.
About Gerawan Farming
Family owned and operated since 1938, Gerawan Farming is the nation's largest grower of peaches, plums, and nectarines, and among the leaders in table grapes. It packs under the Prima label. While most shippers sell fruit from dozens of different growers making consistency hard to come by, Gerawan Farming is one grower, packing up to 100,000 boxes a day. Purchasers know that in every shipment, the variety and size they order will be consistent and is coming from the same grower and ranch they can depend on. For more information about Gerawan Farming and its Prima brand, visit www.prima.com.