MEET THE FARMER: The Nuss Family

An article from our partners Farmers Footprint

It takes courage to challenge the status quo in conventional production agriculture. It may take even more courage to allow your sons to help significantly change the direction of your farm.

That’s what Dave Nuss has started with Nuss Farms.

Questioning the status quo led the Nuss family to a fork in the road late last year. Either continue using the conventional methods that were diminishing the value of the farm or unravel the conventional philosophy and inputs to begin a new pattern to make a viable future possible. Wendell Berry may have said it best, “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” This is a story about taking a leap and embracing the real journey.

Meet the Nuss brothers, Tim, Tyler, and Derek, who now run Nuss Farms, a fifth-generation family farming operation in California’s Central Valley, located in the San Joaquin Valley alongside their father, Dave.

Derek works full time on the farm, hand-in-hand with their Dad and has been the foundation and driving force of operations on the farm. Both Tim and Tyler left the family farm to pursue education and careers in other industries, but every time they would come back home to the farm they could see the opportunity and necessity to create a more sustainable model that would allow the farm to thrive. They were convinced regenerative strategy and practices would accomplish this and decided to bring their expertise out of silicon valley and into the dirt…

“We know over the next 5-10 years, it’s going to be a process and it’s going to be an evolution of how we build our soil health.”