Grandparents immigrate from Japan
Masumoto’s (father’s side) from Kumamoto, Japan
Sugimoto’s (mother’s side) from Hiroshima, Japan
Families work in the Fresno area
Masumotos often near Selma
Sugimotos in the Fowler area
Masumoto/Sugimoto families forced relocation/evacuation to Gila River Relocation Center, located in the deserts of Arizona.
Joe Takashi Masumoto marries Carole Yukino Sugimoto
Buys first property 40 acres of grapes, muscats, plums, peaches and nectarines
Mas born, youngest of three
Tak Masumoto and brother Alan Masumoto farm together as partners
Purchase adjoining 40 acre farm from Riffel family. Total 80 acres.
Plant Sun Crest peach orchard (about 3 acres)
Mas runs away from farm to UC Berkeley for college
Mas lives in Japan studying and eventually journeying to Kumamoto area to live in the village of his grandparents and work on their rice farm.
Masumoto returns and graduates from UC Berkeley in sociology.
1976 and 78
Rains destroy entire raisin crops
Masumoto attends and graduates from UC Davis in the Masters program called Community Development. Meets Marcy while in graduate school.
Mas buys 40 acres from father
1983 Mas marries Marcy Thieleke who grew up on a goat dairy in the high deserts of southern California in Apple Valley. Her parents were from Wisconsin.
Nikiko (a daughter) born in November.
One of the worst years for the small farm – prices extremely low. Mas sells 23 pound boxes of his best peaches for 50 cents/box.
Mas begins to farm organically
Mas begins to certify farm as organic with CCOF (Calif Certified Organic Farmers).
Korio (a son) is born in July during record-breaking heat of 100 degree days.
Masumoto family farm sells their best peaches to Chez Panisse.
Masumoto Family Farm fruit label created
Masumoto’s Sun Crest peach nominated to Slow Food Ark of Taste
Begin Elberta Peach Tree Adoption program.
Nikiko Masumoto talks of becoming a farmer and begins her apprenticeship.
Masumoto Family Farm celebrates 40 years of the Sun Crest Peach orchard.
Nikiko returns from grad school and continues her farm apprenticeship.
New Masumoto logo and fruit boxes designed.
A literary cookbook, The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm is published.
Nikiko begins the O U Fab (Organic, Ugly & Fabulous) program.
Masumoto’s host UC President Janet Napolitano and the first cohort of Global Food Fellows. Also, the documentary film “Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm” is released.
“Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm” airs nation-wide on PBS. Mas and Nikiko co-author a book, Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm