DAVID WEISS

Bella Vista Farming Company

A fourth-generation farmer, David continues a family legacy that began with the farming of row crops in California’s Yolo County. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and after working in the technology and alternative energy fields, returned to his farming roots in 1993 to manage the Quercus Ranch in Kelseyville, California.

“Somehow I always knew I’d come back to farming,” David says. “Not only is it in my blood, but I find it endlessly interesting.”

Pears, in particular, have always held David’s interest. In 2000, he started Bella Vista Farming Company which today manages over 1,200 acres of pears and wine grapes, including 450 acres of Bartlett pears.

David appreciates the versatility of pears, which can be consumed as juice, dried, canned or fresh. Pears are a special fruit requiring a special climate in which to grow, and Lake County, California, has it.

“It’s one of the world’s best places to grow pears,” David says. “Plus, it allows me to make my home in Northern California — one of the greatest slices of earth to live in!”

When he’s not managing his ranches, David likes to spend time with his family enjoying the Bay Area. He and his wife also like to collect Arts and Crafts furniture.

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