The Nichols’ Journey
The First Time
The Nichols’ story started back in 1942 when young Virginia saw a photo of three brothers in the Fresno Bee paper who were serving in World War II. Little did she know she would be set up with one of them (Graydon ‘Nic’ Nichols) on a blind date 9 years later.
The Nichols Married
12 years later, in 1954, Nic and Virginia married and set out to fulfill their dreams of starting a family, and a farm.
The couple planted their roots in the fertile San Joaquin Valley where Nichols Farms was officially established. For the next 19 years, they farmed row crops, with cotton being the main staple.
In 1981, Nic went out on a limb and planted the family’s first almond and pistachio trees, being one of the first farmers to transition his land to orchards. Around the same time, the 2nd generation joined the operation, farming the trees for his father.
Expanding the Operation
Big steps were made in 1991 when concrete was poured for the foundation of the new processing plant. The family was there for every step of the way. This building is where pistachio and almond roasting, salting, and seasoning takes place to this day.
Care for the Land
With sustainability in mind, the family invested in a 6-acre solar farm in 2010. This generates 50% of the electricity needed to fuel the processing facility. Sustainability efforts continue with water conservation and natural composting in farming operations.
The 3rd Generation
Like father and grandfather, the 3rd generation joined the farming operations in 2013, carrying on the passion for farming and great quality pistachios and almonds.
Growing the Name
In 2018, Nichols Farms announced a new product, “Nic’s Mix” which was developed in honor of Graydon “Nic” Nichols. Along with a growing product selection, the Nichols family welcomed their 4th generation into the world.
Refreshing the Brand
A new look was launched for the family farm a year later. With the same great product and taste, the packaging highlighted Nichols Farms’ story, heritage, and values which are core to their operations.
True to Our Roots
Today the Nichols family is proud to provide a plethora of natural and healthy nuts that come from a deep-rooted passion for farming. We are true to our roots and are confident you’ll be able to taste the difference.