Mas and Nikiko Masumoto
Del Rey, CA
Father and daughter, Mas and Nikiko Masumoto, will explore the meanings and stories of regeneration. What does regeneration look, smell, taste, and feel like? Through short vignettes, storytelling, and collective interaction, we'll journey to the heart of the theme. We'll embrace both reflection and dreaming. You might think of this talk as alternatively titled "How to leave this conference happy." Join us!
Track and Session Info
Keynote | 10:30 am
Date and Location
Third and now fourth generation farmers, David and his daughter Nikiko Masumoto grow organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80 acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. David is the author of nine books including: Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms,Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Country Voices, and Silent Strength. He, his wife Marcy, and Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach in 2013. Masumoto received the “Award of Distinction” from UC Davis in 2003, the California Central Valley “Excellence in Business” Award in 2007, and EcoFarm's own Steward of Sustainable Agriculture "Sustie" Award in 2008! Nikiko is a passionate farmer and artist. Here is a link to her powerful speech at Tedx Manhattan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAIYFfvR9k.
Masumoto Family Farm
Nikiko Masumoto lives through farming and creating. Born in the Central Valley of California, she spent her childhood slurping over-ripe peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm. Nikiko has never missed a summer harvest. In 2007 she graduated with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies. It was there that she realized she wanted to return to the Valley to farm. But first she completed a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin. Her area of research focused on the performance of memory and Japanese American history, specifically the movement for Redress. Nikiko continues to develop her creative practices, exploring civic practice, creative entrepreneurship, storytelling, and site-specific performance. On most days you can find her on a tractor, dreaming of projects yet to be born.