Meet The Growers

 

George & Colleen Jackson

George and Colleen were married in November of 1959. He proposed while she was driving a tractor. A few years later, their son Mike was born, followed by another son, Brent, and a daughter, Susan. They have 12 grandchildren, 6 of whom are married, bringing the grand total up to 18. They also have 16 great-grandchildren. George specializes in growing Apple Pears, avocados, apples, plums, and pluots.

 

Mike & Lori Jackson

Mike and Lori were married in November of 1981. They met at Fresno Pacific University. They have 4 sons: Ryan, Matt, Greg, & Kyle - and 3 daughters-in-law: Amy, Tawny, and Audry. They currently have 11 grandchildren. Mike specializes in pluots, but also grows apples, avocados, apriums, peacotums, plumcots, figs, persimmons, cherries, flat peaches and nectarines, peaches, plums, nectarines, kiwi, peacharines, and apricots.

 

Brent & Marlene Jackson

Brent and Marlene were married in March of 1984. Marlene grew up down the road from Brent and they began dating Marlene’s sophomore year of high school. They have 4 daughters: Janelle, Brittany, Heidi, and Kristina - and 2 sons-in-law: Brody and Cody. They have 5 grandchildren: Jace, Stetson, Bailey, Brooklyn, and Goldie. Brent grows peacotums, plumcots, peacharines, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apriums, apricots, cherries, and Flying Saucers.

Read more about Brent here: Meet Brent J

 

John & Susan Diepersloot

John and Susan were married in May of 1986. They met at one of John’s water polo games when he was playing for Fresno State. John graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Dairy Science in 1985. They have four children: Jillian, Jake, Zack, and Caleb, and a daughter-in-law, Kate. John grows apricots, apriums, peacotums, plumcots, pluots, plums, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, and peacharines.

Read more about John here: Meet Johnny D

 

Ryan & Amy Jackson

Ryan and Amy were married in November of 2004. They met at Immanuel High School, where they both attended. Ryan graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Marketing in 2005. They have three children: Carter, Brylie, and Davis. Ryan grows an assortment of apriums, plumcots, peaches, nectarines, peacharines, flat peaches and nectarines, pluots, peacotums, plums, cherryums, kiwi, and apricots.

Read more about Ryan here: Meet Ryan Jackson
See Carter's Interview here: The Next Generation - Carter

 

Matt & Tawny Jackson

Matt and Tawny were married in October of 2003. They met at Immanuel Junior High and dated through high school. They now have a daughter Madison, and four sons, Owen, Amos, Wyatt, and Lane. Matt grows apricots, apriums, plumcots, peacharines, peaches, nectarines, pluots, and flat peaches and nectarines.

See Owen's Interview here: The Next Generation - Owen

 

Greg & Audry Jackson

Greg and Audry were married in October of 2007. They met at Immanuel High School, where Greg played tennis and Audry played volleyball. Greg went on to play tennis for Fresno Pacific and Fresno State. They have two daughters, Ainsley & Ayla, and a son, Gunner. Greg grows pluots, plums, peaches, and nectarines.

 

Kyle Jackson

Kyle graduated Immanuel High School. He attended Cal Poly SLO and Fresno State before returning home to farm.

 

Brody & Janelle Wilgenburg

Brody and Janelle were married in May of 2007. Janelle worked on the farm for her dad and as a receptionist for Kingsburg Orchards. She graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Business. Brody graduated from Cal Poly San Luis with a degree in Engineering. They have a son, Jace, and two daughters, Bailey and Brooklyn. Brody grows peacotums, plumcots, peacharines, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, apriums, cherries, and flat peaches and nectarines.

Read more about Brody here: Meet Brody Wilgenburg
See Jace's Interview here: The Next Generation - Jace

 

Cody & Brittany Lehman

Cody and Brittany were married in September of 2006. Brittany drove tractor for her dad and worked as a receptionist for Kingsburg Orchards. Cody graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business management in 2005. He grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and moved to Kingsburg after his marriage. They have a son, Stetson, and a daughter, Goldie. Cody grows pluots, as well as peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, apricots, apriums, percinnamons, and peacharines.

Read more about Cody here: Meet Cody Lehman
See Stetson's Interview here: The Next Generation - Stetson

 

Jillian Diepersloot

Jillian studied Intercultural Communication at Vanguard University, graduating in 2009 before coming to work at Kingsburg Orchards as our Special Projects Coordinator, a role that included photography, recipe and content development, social media, tradeshows, and various other projects. In 2014, she decided to make the transition from the office to the fields and now grows plums, pluots, and yellow nectarines.

 

Jake & Kate Diepersloot

Jake and Kate were married in September 2013. They met at Hume Lake. Jake graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 2012 with a degree in Agricultural Science and Kate holds a Business degree from Cal Baptist. Jake grows white peaches, nectarines, pluots, and kiwifruit. 

Read more about Jake here: Meet Jake Diepersloot

 

Zack Diepersloot

Zack graduated from Central Valley Christian School in 2012. He is currently at Texas Tech studying Agriculture. He grows pluots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and cherries.

 

Caleb Diepersloot

Caleb graduated from Central Valley Christian School in 2012. He attends Texas Tech and studies Agriculture. He grows pluots and kiwi.

Read more about Caleb here: Meet Caleb Diepersloot

 

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