The Masumoto Family

The Masumoto peach farm near Fresno has been in David Masumoto’s family since 1948, after his Japanese grandparents were released from a WWII internment camp and worked the land until they could afford to buy it. Now David is preparing to pass the farm onto the fourth generation — his daughter Nikiko — as he deals with the effects of climate change on crops and struggles to recover from triple bypass surgery. David and Nikiko join us to talk about the family’s rich agricultural legacy, and the economic and environmental challenges facing the farm — the subject of their new book and the documentary, “Changing Season.”

 

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‘Changing Season’ Looks at Four Generations of the Masumoto Family Peach Farm 3 August,2016Jeremy Siegel

Guests:
David "Mas" Masumoto, farmer, Masumoto Family Farm
Nikiko Masumoto, farmer, Masumoto Family Farm

  • Thanks for inviting the Masumotos to speak to us. The documentary about the Masumotos is a charming story about a farming family. Here is a local article that features Mr. Masumoto’s delightful book, Epitaph for a Peach: https://milliontrees.me/2012/06/26/regretting-the-use-of-pesticides/ Masumoto fruit is available at the Berkeley Bowl. It is delicious! Thank you, Mr. Masumoto, for your many contributions to California agriculture.

  • Another Mike

    I was shocked when I read Cesar Chavez’s characterization of prewar Japanese-American farmers in Levy’s biography: that they were slave drivers who always paid a nickel less than anyone else. Thus people worked for them only as a last resort. Mexican farm workers near Brawley actually rejoiced when Japanese-Americans were put in camps.

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