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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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.
Nic and Virginia get married and start their happily ever after. They also create an amazing farm and family along the way!
Nic and Virginia start planting in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and Nichols Farms is officially born!
Nichols Farms plants almonds and pistachios
Nichols Farms' 2nd generation joins the operation
Nichols Farms starts roasting and salting their pistachios and almonds.
Nichols Farms installs 6-acre solar farm, generating 50% of its electricity
Nichols Farms' 3rd generation joins the operation
"Nic's Mix" launched in honor of Graydon "Nic" Nichols
Nichols Farms begins its Community Outreach Board and for its first event, raises 8,000 cans and $40,000 for FoodLink of Tulare County.
January 1, 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.Read more
January 1, 1954
Nic and Virginia get married and set out to fulfill their dreams of starting a family and starting a farm.Read more
January 1, 1961
Nic and Virginia start planting in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and Nichols Farms is officially born!Read more
September 30, 1980
Nichols Farms continues to farm row crops in the San Joaquin Valley, with cotton being the main staple.Read more
January 1, 1981
Nichols Farms plants almonds and pistachios and 2nd generation joins the operation.Read more
January 1, 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.Read more
January 1, 2010
Nichols Farms installs 6-acre solar farm, generating 50% of its electricity.Read more
January 1, 2013
Nichols Farms’ 3rd generation joins the operation.Read more
January 1, 2018
“Nic’s Mix” launches in honor of Graydon “Nic” Nichols.Read more
January 3, 2018
Nichols Farms welcomes 4th generation.Read more
January 1, 2019
Nichols Farms donates 8,000 cans and $40,000 to Food Link.Read more
January 2, 2019
The launch of new packaging highlights the Nichols Farms story, heritage, and values.Read more
Our Family Values
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.
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 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.