David Peri

Meet 3rd-generation family farmer David Peri. He inherited his family's passion for farming and expanded his family farm into a business operation now spanning two states. As a boy, David was more often cutting school to help his family in the fields, and he simply can't imagine life anywhere other than 'on the farm.'

Brittney Miller

"Everyone has to eat and farming is necessary for survival. Being thoughtful about where your food comes from and how it is handled during the process is just as important as how nutritious or delicious it is. Have a connection with your food - it’s worth it."

Steve Whitmire

"Everyone must find their own satisfying way of life; and appreciate what people in other occupations do to provide the freedom to pursue whatever they wish to do."

Charlotte Swancy

"Pay attention to where your food comes from. It is important that you support your local farmers. It is vital for your community, because without farmers in your region, life is coved in concrete."

Elizabeth Heiskell

"Start small, don’t overwhelm yourself! Do a really good job at that and then grow, once your foundation is set and solid. Do what you say you will do, follow through and be honest."

Leo Overgaag

"People need to remember that there's all kinds of negative things in the news - food safety issues, etc., but as a whole the US has one of the most abundant and safest food supplies in the world. We need to remember that."

Nels Timmothy Rogers

"I may be a small farmer, but I have the strength and passion to grow my medjool dates. I may be a small farmer and not have a ton of money to advertise like the big companies, but I have the best looking and quality of Medjool dates in the industry. I may be a small farmer, but I have my own packing house and my own box."

Tom Nunes

"My father has said, "The most important ingredient that you can put in a crop is your shadow." You have to be there everyday. You can be the smartest guy in the world but if you're not there everyday, you're going to miss something. You have to be there - if even to make the decision to say or do nothing."

Lily Morgan-Cohill

"My advice is to do it because you love it. Do it because you're passionate. Do it because you want it. The large fortune is your happiness that farming brings you, that's the only reason to ever do this kind of work..."

Ricardo Crisantes

"All produce comes from a farm, and there's always a story behind any produce item you pick up. Be it a tomato, potato, cucumber - there's always a story behind it."