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Russell Harris Family

Harris Farms, based in Chowchilla, California, grew out of a family farming operation whose origins date back to the Depression when Francis Harris moved his family out from Alabama to the Central Valley to try his hand at farming. Marion Harris, son of Francis, followed his dad into agriculture after serving his country in World War II. Initially, Marion farmed in Tulare County and later as far away as Arizona, but he eventually brought the family back to its roots, moving everyone back to Chowchilla in 1974. Today, while the business is a large, vertically integrated farming operation it is still, at heart, a family venture currently being run by President and CEO Russell Harris, Francis Harris’ grandson.


Russell has been supported in his endeavors from the beginning by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 31 years, Anne. Additionally, Russell’s two children Jason and Alexandra, along with Alexandra's husband Doug Brunner, have taken active roles in the organization. Unlike many modern farming operations, where the owners spend their time behind a desk and rarely visit the ranch, Russell is an active executive who believes the best fertilizer on a farm is his own footsteps.

Russell still can be found on the ranch most days and is involved in every key decision made at Harris Farms. With a reputation for top yields and attention to detail, Harris Farms currently farms over 9,000 acres consisting of approximately 7,500 acres of almonds, 1,500 acres of grapes.

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