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Chris Ezaki - "I've always been a part of the Farm "
A farmer of organic peaches, Chris lives to the east of Kingsburg, in the Central Valley of California. He’s been a farmer all his life. He performs a bit of a ‘triple play’ each day. Besides farming, he is a volunteer fireman, is uncle to 3 small nephews that are often on the ranch with him, and holds down a ‘full-time job’ in a different field, although related. Chris is a crop adjuster for Rural Community Insurance Service. “One way I cope with farming adversity, such as unfortunate weather events, is that I deal with people every day that have loss. Some are fire-related, some are crop losses, but they are all difficult situations. In light of those, I feel appreciative of what I have.”
1990 brought Chris to a new level of understanding of farming, one that eventually led Chris into growing organically. He had the opportunity of studying agriculture under Mark Davidson, a college professor that taught soil science in a way that challenged his thinking and ‘connected the dots’ for Chris in many ways. I finally understood that everything I needed to farm organically was right under my nose!” Now Chris understands that farming is more than just spraying some chemicals on the trees and making sure you keep the weeds under control with the latest herbicide. Its about soil health and understanding of the ecosystem our farm lives in.
Chris sells his produce through the label Homegrown, which represents over 40 family farms across California and Oregon.