OUR STORY

We’ve been farming for over 60 years.

Nichols Farms has a rich history in Hanford, the heart of Central California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley. Our grandfather, ‘Nic,’ was one of the first pistachio and almond farmers to take root in the Central Valley. Today, our fourth-generation farm is committed to delivering natural and healthy nuts from our trees to your table. We continue to teach each member of our family the gold standard in farming and roasting processes, because that’s what makes our pistachios and almonds so flavorful. With over 60 years of knowledge and experience, we are confident you’ll be able to taste the difference.

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1942

1942

Young Virginia sees the picture of three brothers in the Fresno Bee paper who were serving in World War II, and little did she know she would be set up with one of them (Graydon ‘Nic’ Nichols) on a blind date 9 years later.

1954

1954

Nic and Virginia get married and start their happily ever after. They also create an amazing farm and family along the way!

1961

1961

Nic and Virginia start planting in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and Nichols Farms is officially born!

1981-1983

1981-1983

Nichols Farms plants almonds and pistachios

1983

1983

Nichols Farms' 2nd generation joins the operation

1991

1991

Nichols Farms starts roasting and salting their pistachios and almonds.

2010

2010

Nichols Farms installs 6-acre solar farm, generating 50% of its electricity

2013

2013

Nichols Farms' 3rd generation joins the operation

2018

2018

"Nic's Mix" launched in honor of Graydon "Nic" Nichols

2018

2018

Nichols Farms begins its Community Outreach Board and for its first event, raises 8,000 cans and $40,000 for FoodLink of Tulare County.

Our Journey

1942

January 1, 1942

1942

Young Virginia sees a picture of three brothers in the Fresno Bee paper who were serving in World War II, and little did she know she would be set up with one of them (Graydon ‘Nic’ Nichols) on a blind date 9 years later.

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1954

January 1, 1954

1954

Nic and Virginia get married and set out to fulfill their dreams of starting a family and starting a farm.

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1961

January 1, 1961

1961

Nic and Virginia start planting in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and Nichols Farms is officially born!

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1961-1980

September 30, 1980

1961-1980

Nichols Farms continues to farm row crops in the San Joaquin Valley, with cotton being the main staple.

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1981-1983

January 1, 1981

1981-1983

Nichols Farms plants almonds and pistachios and 2nd generation joins the operation.

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1991

January 1, 1991

1991

Concrete is poured and the Nichols Family adds their handprints to the foundation of the new processing plant.  This is the building where pistachio and almond roasting, salting, and seasoning takes place.

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2010

January 1, 2010

2010

Nichols Farms installs 6-acre solar farm, generating 50% of its electricity.

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2013

January 1, 2013

2013

Nichols Farms’ 3rd generation joins the operation.

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2018

January 1, 2018

2018

“Nic’s Mix” launches in honor of Graydon “Nic” Nichols.

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2019

January 1, 2019

2019

Nichols Farms donates 8,000 cans and $40,000 to Food Link.

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Our Family Values

Passion

You may have heard that being a farmer takes a lot of passion. Getting up with the sun, managing ever-changing weather patterns, soil changes, water pressure, wind speeds, bee activity, etc- Like so many industries these days, farming never sleeps. This is our passion and it’s our family tradition. We’re so grateful to be able to provide you with healthy and delicious pistachios and almonds. We love what we do, and we love sharing our passion for farming with our customers.

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Integrity

Doing right by our customers, employees, and by the land has always been most important to us. Graydon ‘Nic’ and Virginia instilled strong family morals of honesty, loyalty, and righteousness, and these ideals are our guiding lights on the farm. From the salt and seasoning ingredients we source, to the ways we irrigate and use energy on the farm- we’re constantly aiming to reduce our carbon footprint and maximize our precious natural resources.

Respect

Respect is key in all our relationships- from partnerships with our packaging and ingredient suppliers, to our customers, to our family investors. Our company is built on respect. Similarly, our interconnectedness with the land is something we deeply treasure. We respect our land today, as we have for generations, and we expect our great-grand children to respect this same land for future generations.