Chauncey Koehn

Don’t be fooled by his youthful appearance—although he’s only 28, Chauncey Koehn has plenty of experience as a sweetpotato farmer. He represents his family’s fourth generation in the business.

Joel Ackerknecht

Even though Joel Ackerknecht has a long history in farming, he’s relatively new to sweetpotatoes. It was only five years ago that DM Camp & Sons tapped him to oversee the startup of their sweetpotato operation.

Jack Smith

You wouldn’t know from looking at him that Jack Smith—here with his wife Jo and their trusty sidekick Darcy—used to be an accountant. But today, along with his partner J. Michael Hennigan, Jack owns Quail H Farms.

Donald & Mike Valpredo

Meet Donald and Mike Valpredo, the father and son team behind Country Sweet Produce and the Bako Sweet brand. They farm over 1,200 acres of sweetpotatoes—about of half of which are organic—along with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, and melons.

Manuel & Carlos Vieira

It all began in 1972, when Manuel Vieira (left) visited California from Brazil to attend a wedding. Back then, his uncle, Antonio Vieira Tomas, had a farming business in the Livingston area. Manuel liked what he saw and stayed.

Robert Silveira

Meet the Silveira family. Together, they represent the fourth and fifth generation of Silveira family farmers.

Francisco Torres

Asked what he likes best about farming, Francisco will tell you he simply likes being out in the fields, on the land.

Aaron Silva

Meet Aaron Silva (left to right), his dad Stan, and brother Ben. Together, they represent two generations of a four-generation sweetpotato family.

Robert Chad

“As the only agriculturally minded son-in law, I was invited to join the operation in 1984,” says Robert. Rodolfo Rosas—who Robert affectionately calls “mi mano derecho”—started about the same time.

Jim Snyder

Meet Jim Snyder (left), an extended member of the sweetpotato family, with some of his Livingston Farmers Association staff—Rosa Gutierrez, Jennifer Donovan, Andy Parsons, and Marli Foster (left to right).

David Souza

D & S Farms is a multi-generational sweetpotato operation in Atwater, California. David Souza, top right, is joined by son David (left), business partner Michael Duarte (bottom left), and Michael’s son-in-law, Brian Carter (right).

Craig Arnold

"I love watching sweetpotatoes come out of the ground and up the chain of the harvester," says Craig Arnold of Arnold Farms, pictured here with his wife and kids—Amanda, Addisyn, and Tavin. "It's nice to see the results of the year's hard work."

Adam Shaner

Adam Shaner is Farm Manager for Quail H Farms of Livingston, California. He overseas the growing seasons of several crops, including about 750 acres of sweetpotatoes, both conventional and organic.

Jason Tucker

Say hello to Jason Tucker, sweetpotato farmer, husband, and proud dad of four daughters. Jason farms 350 acres in California’s Merced County. He also keeps busy through volunteer work, both at church and the girls’ school, and attends as many of their sporting events as possible. “We are a very active family,” he says.

Matt Alvernaz

Matt Alvernaz is a 4th generation sweetpotato farmer and grandson of one of California’s sweetpotato pioneers, “Sweetpotato Joe” Alvernaz. “Farming isn’t the easiest path, but it’s the life we love,” says Matt.

Nolan Mininger

Meet Nolan Mininger, husband, father of four beautiful girls—plus a puppy named Mario!—and sweetpotato farmer. “I love the challenge of each new day” on the land, says Nolan. “And the array of crops produced in the San Joaquin Valley is incredible to behold.”

Bob Weimer

Meet Bob Weimer, who with his brother Walt, is a 2nd generation California Sweetpotato farmer. “I’ve been on the farm since I was born,” says Bob, “and have been farming pretty much all of my adult life.”