Local Grow­ers

Fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles have a per­sonal and dis­tinc­tive place of ori­gin.

Inde­pen­dent & small scale fam­ily farms con­tribute to our regional abun­dance and land­scape with a wide vari­ety of fresh, peak of sea­son pro­duce.

Check out some of our notable farmer pro­files to see who’s grow­ing your food.

Chase National Kiwi Farms

Chase National Kiwi Farms

Tom Schultz is a third gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farmer in Marysville, Cal­i­for­nia. Under his direct man­age­ment, Chase National Kiwi Farms oper­ates on approx­i­mately 155 acres and pro­duces Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Organic kiwifruit. They also farm an addi­tional 20 acres of con­ven­tional grown kiwifruit. The com­pany also packs kiwifruit for 5 out­side kiwifruit grow­ers & is a major exporter of Cal­i­for­nia kiwifruit to Japan.

After grad­u­at­ing from Chico State Uni­ver­sity in 1973, Tom then began in the Cal­i­for­nia kiwifruit indus­try, stay­ing in the Chico area. He has been ded­i­cated and per­son­ally involved in kiwifruit nurs­ery, grow­ing, pack­ing, cold stor­age and export seg­ments of busi­ness, full time, since 1973.

As a proud grad­u­ate of Class 14 of the Cal­i­for­nia Ag Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, Tom con­tin­ues with his lead­er­ship role in the Kiwifruit indus­try. Cur­rently, he serves on the Kiwifruit Mar­ket­ing Order Board and is past Pres­i­dent of the Kiwifruit Grow­ers Asso­ci­a­tion and past Chair­man of the Cal­i­for­nia Kiwifruit Commission.

Tom rep­re­sented the Cal­i­for­nia kiwifruit indus­try at the first Inter­na­tional Kiwifruit Orga­ni­za­tion meet­ing in Paris, France and has rep­re­sented Cal­i­for­nia at other Inter­na­tional meet­ings in Hong Kong, South Korea, Chile, Italy and France. His trav­els to most of the worlds’ major kiwifruit pro­duc­ing coun­tries (New Zealand, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea) allows him to study their kiwifruit grow­ing prac­tices.