We salute the generations of men and women who came before us, and we honor their hard work, their vision and the legacy they left us. Over the years, we have farmed a variety of crops, starting with rice and including almonds, walnuts and most recently, olives. Although we are now primarily growers and processors of walnuts, we continue to farm these other crops around Glenn County. As more and more family members join Carriere Family Farms, we remain true to our farming heritage and we pass down our cherished values and traditions to the younger generations.
Wilfred purchases several hundred acres of potential rice land from Bank of America. He starts prepping the rough land for rice and row crops. Papa establishes a reputation for being a hardworking, responsible farmer. During the depression thousands of acres of land are turned over to irrigation districts and banks because the owners cannot pay the taxes. Rice growing is just being established in the Sacramento Valley at this time. Papa struggles just to make ends meet and doubts whether farming is worth it. Because of his love for farming he starts developing a rice operation. With the backing of Bank of America he buys 200 acres of potential rice ground and begins to clear it to make rice paddies.
Herb and Dick form Carriere Brothers to combine the established rice and walnut operations. Dick is put in charge of the rice operation and Herb is in charge of the walnut division. Although Papa officially retired in 1967, he never missed a day of work until the day he passed away in 1999 at 100 years old!