Since being honored as the 1996 Madera County Senior Farmer, Henry Massaro has led a relatively relaxed life. “I’m pretty well retired,” Massaro said.
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At 98 years old, James “Eldred” McKinney may be the oldest surviving Madera County Senior Farmer, but his attitude is as spry as ever.
Decades before water shortage became a major concern for the Valley, 2010 Senior Farmer Johnny Deniz was fighting for farmers.
In the 30 year history of the Madera Chamber of Commerce Senior Farmer of the Year, only two honorees have been females. Elsie Buchenau was honored in 1994 as Senior Farmer of the Year.
The late Robert T. Houlding Sr., 1998 Senior Farmer, carried on the farming legacy of his father and grandfather and now his own descendants are still tilling the land their forebears held dear.