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Meet Our Growers

The Thonesen Family

Thonesen Family Farms
Reedley, CA

Thonesen Family

This respected California family operates a farming business that was established in 1905, and continues to do business with a focus on quality and a commitment to being good stewards of the land. These goals drive every decision made by the Thonesen family, which has been practicing the principles of “sustainable agriculture” since long before the phrase became popular.

A longtime grower of premium peaches, plums and nectarines, the Thonesen family understands the importance of protecting the safety and productivity of their land so that it will continue to serve far beyond the current generation. Each member of the family contributes to the overall goal of maintaining a healthy environment – a commitment that extends from the way they care for the soil to the way they treat their employees. All to ensure that their farming business is operating as responsibly and respectfully as possible.

Fulfilling that commitment led Thonesen Family Farms to become a certified grower under the Protected Harvest program – a strict system of farming and business practices that reflect the industry’s highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

“We partnered with Protected Harvest because we wanted to show consumers that we’re serious about addressing the things they’re concerned about – the safety of their food and environment,” said Dean Thonesen. As a certified Protected Harvest grower, we know – and consumers know – that we’re doing everything possible to address their concerns.”

That includes meeting the highest standards for soil and water quality, and following rigorous protocols for the management of such concerns as pests, insects, weeds, disease and storage. Similar protocols are followed for a variety of other sensitive issues.

“We care deeply about what we do and how we do it,” said Dean Thonesen. Protected Harvest is our assurance that we’re doing right by our land, our people and our environment.”