David "Mas" Masumoto
Del Rey, CA
David "Mas" Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and the author of six books including Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms, Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, and Epitaph for a Peach. He, along with his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook in June 2013 entitled The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm. A third-generation farmer, Masumoto grows certified organic peaches, nectarines, grapes, and raisins on an 80-acre farm south of Fresno, California. Masumoto is currently a columnist for The Fresno and Sacramento Bee. He was a Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow from 2006-08. His writing awards include Commonwealth Club Silver medal, Julia Child Cookbook award, the James Clavell Literacy Award, and he was a finalist in the James Beard Foundation awards. Wisdom of the Last Farmer was honored as "Best Environmental Writing in 2009" by National Resources Defense Council. Masumoto received the "Award of Distinction" from UC Davis in 2003 and the California Central Valley "Excellence in Business" Award in 2007. He is a board member of the James Irvine Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has served as chair of the California Council for the Humanities. Masumoto is married to Marcy Masumoto, and they have a daughter, Nikiko, and a son, Korio.