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The owner of R. Kelley Farms, Ron Kelley was featured on California Country TV. It is a 30-minute personal weekly tour of this state’s dynamic food industry. They feature stories about California being the nation's largest food-producing state. Highlight people, places and lifestyles here in California. Ron was selected and a tour of R. Kelley Farms was taped. This show is produced by the California Farm Bureau Federation. California Country is an organization whose commitment has been to educate consumers, media and legislators about the importance of our food, fiber and flowers grown in California.
A bounty of beans—and more
Hobby turns into thriving U-pick farm.
For over 45 years, Ron Kelley has had a finger in farming. He’s has worked as an agricultural production consultant, which is just a fancy term for plant doctor for farmers. And what started out as a hobby several years ago has now turned into a 25-acre U-pick farm called R. Kelley Farms.
“We grow black-eyed peas, purple hull peas, crowder peas, spreckled butterbeans and also green beans and another variety called cranberry peas, and much more” Ron said.
The farmer says he’s always looking for new produce to grow and not just because he loves farming but because he enjoys the people who visit the farm on a regular basis.
“I try to plant for all the different ethnic groups in the area and there’s a lot. It seems like if I have something they can’t get elsewhere, they’ll come to R. Kelley Farms to get it,” he said.