As fifth-generation farmers of Italian heritage, the Pitigliano Family takes pride in the fields, ranches, orchards and vineyards that yield food and drink for tables across the world. Their story is testament to the values of persistence, discipline and sacrifice, with a business sense earned through decades in the farming business.
Based in the fertile counties of Kings, Kern and Tulare in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley, the Pitigliano Family traces its farming roots to the 1920s, when great-grandfather Ben Lapadula purchased land to grow and pack potatoes. His grandson, Charlie Pitigliano, Jr. is the patriarch of today’s family farming operation, which began in 1975. By 1980, Charlie was farming his own 350 acres, and managing 80 more for friends and fellow landowners. His wife, Nancy, and the couple’s three sons, brought dinner to him in the fields in those early days of building their business.
Today, Pitigliano Farms continues to operate as a family business, with sons Michael, Josh and Dominic as partners and “boots on the ground” farmers. Together they oversee their own acreage and farm more then 10,000 for fellow farmers and dairymen, investors and absentee landowners.
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The Pitigliano Family recognizes its responsibility to the community, and thus volunteers hundreds of hours each year to a variety of organizations, including the Tulare County Farm Bureau, the International Agri-Center, site of the World Ag Expo, Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy Roma Lodge, Tulare County Young Farmers and Ranchers, and many others.