The author was born and raised on his parents’ almond and walnut farm in Tulare, where he was active in FFA, 4-H, and Farm Bureau. He will be a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall. His grandfather relocated his dairy from southern California to Tulare County in 1972, and three of his sons currently operate their own dairies in the county. Evan’s mother’s family has farmed in the area for 120 years.