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.
Born in 1916 at the Faso Ranch on Road 29, 2006 Senior Farmer Charles Faso grew up farming with parents Vince and Grace Faso in Madera.
The late Alfred Russell, 2001 Senior Farmer, was described by those who knew him not only as an exceptional farmer, but also a man who greatly served his family, community and country.
Born in 1902 in Conway, Ark., 1981 Senior Farmer Sherman Thomas settled in Madera in 1928 after leasing a half section of land.