The 1991 Senior Farmer George Andrew was a longtime member of the Madera County Farm Bureau and served on the Guild Winery and Ripperdan School boards. But it was toiling out in the fields that made him feel most alive.
Andrew attended Ripperdan Elementary School and graduated from Madera High School. When he was 18, his father died, leaving him to run the family farm.
He grew cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, rice, barley, beans, corn, potatoes, oats and wheat with his holdings starting off at 40 acres. He built from there to eventually farm 4,500 acres of primarily almonds, wine and raisin grapes and pistachios.
While Andrew farmed, his wife Gladys handled the bookkeeping and worked alongside him, changing irrigation settings as needed...