Join Oldest Farm Honor Role

State Fair Agricultural Heritage Club membership deadline is June 6th.

Published on: Apr 7, 2009

Established nearly 165 years ago, the Tejon Ranch Co., Kern County is one of the oldest members of the California State Fair's prestigious California Agricultural Heritage Club. Since its inception in the 1940s the CAHC has established a legacy of honoring centenarian businesses in California.

"The CAHC was created as a way to celebrate the history of agriculture and the agricultural enterprises that have made significant contributions to that industry," says Norb Bartosik, State Fair CEO and General Manager. "The Club recognizes more than just owning a business; it chronicles the unique family histories of agricultural productivity in California."

The Tejon Ranch Co. is just one example of a centenarian business that has helped build a solid foundation for California's agricultural heritage. In 2007 the CAHC inducted 28 nominees into the Club.

Each year the California State Fair conducts an extensive search for farms, ranches and companies that have called California home for 100 years or more. Any agricultural business or affiliate, including farms, ranches, equipment dealers, accountants, trade or marketing organizations, universities/colleges, irrigation districts and others, are invited to apply for induction into the elite association. The deadline for submitting an application has now been extended to Saturday, June 6, 2009.

CAHC members receive a plaque of recognition and a special invitation to the State Fair's annual induction ceremony and brunch specifically for designees. The 2009 event, sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at the California State Fair. Event partners include the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Milk Advisory Board and California Farmer Magazine.

The following is a list of the 2007 CAHC inductees:

Companies inducted in 2007 with 100+ Years of Continuous Operation

Company County Year established
Al Gerhardt Ranch Sonoma 1874
Amador, El Dorado Sacramento 1907
Chuck Baker's Ranch Sacramento 1854
Clary Ridge Ranch El Dorado 1901
Conlan Ranches California Marin 1866
Fruit Growers Supply Company Los Angeles 1907
Gerdts / Silvera Santa Clara / Fresno County 1856
Hoskins / Pleasants Ranch Solano 1856
James Campbell Farms Solano 1876
Klare Ranch El Dorado 1901
Leidesdorff Ranch Sacramento 1844
Mahon Ranch Sacramento 1882
Manildo Orchards & Vineyards Santa Cruz 1905
Penny - Newman Grain Company Fresno, Sacramento & San Joaquin 1878
Potter Farm San Joaquin 1853
Pylman Vineyards Yolo 1882
Rumsey Ranch Yolo 1840
Salisbury Vineyards Sacramento 1850
Sobon Estate Amador 1856
Stockton Wheel Service San Joaquin 1883
Tejon Ranch Kern

1843

The McIntire Ranch Lake 1865
Wolleson Vineyard Napa 1903

Those interested in becoming a member or nominating an organization should visit www.bigfun.org. For application information, please contact Teresa McEntire (916) 263-3598 or at TMcEntire@calexpo.com.  

The 2009 California State Fair will be held Aug. 21 to Sept. 7, 2009 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.