Immersed in their work, the men of Cosyns Farms in Madera live in the country surrounded by farmland.
“We live on our ranches,” said Rick Cosyns. He farms with his dad Albert and older brother Allen. “We are a very hands-on farming family. We see what goes on here every day. We have good neighbors and we watch out for each other.”
They grow almonds, 13 varieties of wine grapes, and planted Gold Hills pistachios — a new crop for the family — in July. Due to an unavailability of trees, the pistachio orchard is two-thirds complete with the rest to be planted next spring, Cosyns said.
“This is a new venture,” Cosyns said. “The first pistachio crop won’t be harvested until 2019 or 2020.” ...