“You could say I’ve been growing cling peaches all my life,” states California native Rajeev Davit. With his family growing peaches for over 50 years, 35-year-old Davit learned at an early age all the hard work that is involved in caring for a peach orchard. The story begins with Davit’s father, Satinder Davit, who started the Davit peach legacy while working his way through college in a local peach orchard. After graduation, he leased an orchard and his business grew from there. Following in his father’s footsteps, Davit entered into the peach industry after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agribusiness after initially declaring an Electrical Engineering major. “I changed my major to Agribusiness and decided that farming and carrying on the family tradition was right for me,” explains Davit. Davit then went on to study Agricultural Economics in graduate school at the University of California, Davis. Davit’s business is now thriving with a total of more than 1,500 acres (607 hectares,) including 175 acres (70 hectares) of cling peach orchards in Marysville, California. Along with the many varieties of cling peaches (ranging from Extra Early all the way to Extra Late varieties), Davit also farms rice, prunes, walnuts and almonds.
Davit shows pride in his cling peaches that make it into the thousands of schools all over the country, and finds safety issues involved with current peach growing practices to be the number one priority. Davit explains how farmers are very closely monitored in every aspect of their operations, from pesticide applications to air quality management. “Because of the strict rules the farmers have to follow, California growers lead the path to finding innovative farming practices that provide safety to the employees, consumers and the environment,” explains Davit. He also describes how product traceability from points of origin plays a key role in the safety of foods we consume. “ Peaches can be traced from the can, jar, or cup they are placed in back to the orchard they were harvested from,” Davit reassures. He believes that when it comes to the safety of children, we cannot look at price alone. Davit says that California cling peach growers will continue to provide a product that is safe, nutritious, and tasty!
Along with tending to his land, Davit also serves on the California Cling Peach Advisory Board, as a District Delegate Chairman in the California Canning Peach Association and on the Yuba Local Board of Sunsweet Growers. Davit currently lives in Yuba City, California with his wife Chitra and their 4-year-old daughter Rithika.