Our History

Our farming business dates back to California’s Gold Rush era, when Josiah Greene purchased a plot of land from a discouraged settler. Believing he’d have more success farming the land than mining it, Josiah planted vegetables and grain, and our family’s farming legacy took root.

Today, Doug Hemly and Cathy Hemly represent the fifth generation to run the family business. The sixth generation is also actively involved, our daughter, Virginia, manages the packing facilities and son, Matt, manages the orchard operations.

We’re proud of our long farming heritage, but even more excited about our future as stewards of the land that enables us to grow, pack and ship the safest and most delicious produce possible.

Our Farms

With hundreds of acres in production – including 160 acres of organic pears and apples – we put generations of farming experience to work every day, ensuring fruit of the highest quality, flavor and safety. Just as important, Greene & Hemly has emerged as a leader in stewardship and sustainable farming practices, ensuring that our land will remain healthy and productive for generations to come.


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