Aptos, Carmel, Monterey, and Del Monte
Almonds, apricots, apriums, cherries, chestnuts, fava beans, figs, filberts, pistachios, grapes, nectarines (Uglies), onions, peaches, persimmons, plums, pluots, walnuts, mandarins
Value-added items: dried fruits, almond brittle, almond butter, apricot butter, flavored almonds, flavored walnuts, pluot butter, vine-dried grapes, apricot jam, plum jam, pluot jam, fig jam
In 1907 Fred’s maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Liguria Province in northeast Italy. They purchased a 17 acre farm near Stockton where they built their family home. Fred’s mother was born and raised on that property. She continued to live there with her husband, who had immigrated from Bellinzona, Switzerland in 1928. They and their 3 children subsequently labored under the dictates of subsistence farming.
Fred learned from his childhood upbringing: Make a better life for yourself. Consequently, he attended college, worked for 28 years as a government employee, retired, turned “born-again workaholic,” and returned to his roots, farming!
In 1983 Fred and Joann purchased the family farm from his parents and are now living happily ever after harvesting and marketing stone fruit and nuts. David, a Cal Poly grad, helps his dad manage the farm. Fred Jr., a UC Davis grad, is working on his master’s degree in animal science at West Virginia University and pursuing a large animal vet career.
As a small farm family, the Minazzolis practice “hands-on farming”. At any given time, you can find Fred and David working side-by-side as they strive for perfection—only the best for their customers! That’s their philosophy.
1. Bachelor of Science / ornamental horticulture
2. SJC Ag Biologist
3. Pesticide Use Enforcement License
4. Pest Management License
5. Apiary Inspection License
6. Pest Exclusion License
7. Vertebrate Pest Control License
8. Pest Detection License
9. Fruit & Vegetable Standardization License
10. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Certificate
11. Agricultural Qualified Applicator’s License
12. Agricultural Pest Control Advisor’s License
13. Licensed by the USDA as a Phytosanitary Export Inspector
1. Bachelor of Science / Fruit Science
2. Qualified Applicator Certificate
1. Licensed to marry Fred
2. Se habla espanol y un poco de italiano y spanglish.
90 acres of owned and leased land in the Stockton, Linden, and Escalon areas.
1. Permanent sod is utilized to control run-off. The soil is not cultivated.
2. Calcium nitrate fertilizer is applied at low rates on an annual basis at bloom.
3. The soil is periodically tested for nutrient levels. If deficiencies are found, they are addressed by a soil management consultant.
1. Herbicides are used during the dormant periods.
2. Weeds are mowed during the growing seasons.
An agricultural pest management consultant monitors our pest problems. He describes his pest management practices as follows: “As an independent pest management consultant, I enjoy the full freedom of exploring and implementing all facets of pest management on your farms. These pest management and control implementations are not limited to using only pesticides, but also include other means of pest control that are less disruptive to our farms, our environment, and our future. Many of the integrated techniques and pesticides that may be applied to our farms are used by producers of organically grown crops. These pesticides would be approved by OMRI, or the governing group that decides what pesticides can be used on organic farms within the U.S. Working on your farm as I do is unique for our area, as there are only a small percentage of the farmers who have chosen to work this way. We consider all avenues of proper pest management and fertilization prior to making any decisions on meeting the needs of our crops. We feel that farming in this fashion gives our farms the best chance to produce the safest and highest quality fruit that can be provided to the public.”
1. Well water is pumped from pristine underground aquifers.
2. Irrigation through impact and micro sprinklers is applied as needed by the trees.
Except for nut and cherry harvest, all picking and packing is done by family members.
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