Biographies

Talley Farms Family

Respect for individuals was built into the DNA of Talley Farms from the very beginning. Oliver Talley advocated for “treating people the right way.” That has translated into a loyal workforce. Several plaques and pictures in our lobby recognize employees with 20, 30 and 40 years of service.

Ryan Talley

Ryan Talley

What I do at Talley Farms? Farm Manager; Co-Owner

How long at Talley Farms? Since 1985 (since I started picking beans at the age of 12)

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – working on the central coast in the best climate along with the best people.

The best thing we grow is – avocados, who doesn’t like guacamole?

Education – BS in Finance, Purdue 

Family – Wife, Christina, and five children: Byron, Grant, Elliot, Catherine and Caroline.

In My Spare Time – With five children I do not have a lot of spare time, but I do enjoy coaching, outdoor activities, and fly fishing.

Brian Talley

Brian Talley

What I do at Talley Farms? President of Talley Farms and Talley Vineyards; Co-Owner

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 1978

The best thing we grow is – Talley Vineyards has come to be recognized as one of California’s finest producers of estate bottled chardonnay and pinot noir.

Education – BA History, BS Natural Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Family – Wife, Johnine and daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia

In My Spare Time – I enjoy cooking, fitness, and travel.

Rosemary Talley

Rosemary Talley

What I do at Talley Farms? Everything nobody else wants to do or has time to do; Co-Owner

How long at Talley Farms? Since 1977

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – the team spirit, and the “can do” atmosphere.

The best thing we grow is – both the bell peppers and heirloom tomatoes.

Education – MS Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley

Family – Son Brian, Daughter-in-law Johnine, Granddaughters Elizabeth and Olivia. Ryan and Todd are Nephews

In My Spare Time – I enjoy traveling, gardening, and reading.

Todd Talley

Todd Talley

What I do at Talley Farms?  CFO; Co-Owner

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 1983 (since I started picking beans at the age of 12)

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – getting to work with our terrific team of employees.

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers – I have yet to see a darker green, thicker walled bell pepper than the ones we grow.

Education – BA Political Economy, UC Berkeley

Family – Wife, Jill, and three kids: Karena, Violet and Daniel

In My Spare Time – I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at our church and our kids’ school, hiking San Luis Mtn, reading.

Robert Meyer

Robert Meyer

What I do at Talley Farms?  Crop Production Manager

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2010

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – the family vibe.

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers. 

Education – BS Agricultural Business, Cal Poly, SLO

Family – Wife, Whitney

In My Spare Time – I enjoy spending time with my wife and our dog Dexter, working out, hiking, attending sports events, eating, and of course the occasional video game.

Andrea Shapiro Chavez

Andrea Shapiro Chavez

What I do at Talley Farms?  Manager, Fresh Harvest CSA program

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2012

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – the people! And the beauty of the AG Valley.

The best thing we grow is – our sweet bi color, non GMO Corn.

Education – BS in Economics, Cal Poly, SLO

Family – Husband, Randy, who works here at Talley Farms; two sons: age 25 (lives in San Diego) age 23 (lives on Central Coast)

In My Spare Time – I like to exercise, drink wine and listen to live music, and participate in charity, California Women 4 Ag.

Jeff Halfpenny

Jeff Halfpenny

What I do at Talley Farms?  Sales Manager

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 1994

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – Working at Talley Farms is a salesman’s dream job. The entire company’s commitment to Quality and Consistency within everything we grow, pack and ship is extraordinary.

The best thing we grow is – Is this a trick question? If I have to choose I’d say our Cilantro under the Arroyo Grande label. We are fortunate to have a very loyal and passionate year round following.

Education – BA in Finance, Chico State University

Family – Wife, Debbie and her two dogs – package deal

In My Spare Time – Cross Fit training at Athlon Fitness and Cycling around the county.

Clint Loomis

Clint Loomis

What I do at Talley Farms?  Sales

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2015

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – Working along side owners and co-workers who have a passion, drive and love for what they do.

The best thing we grow is – brussels sprouts. There is no comparison to the number of dishes that can be made from the beautifully shaped, dense heads that are grown by a team that puts quality above all else.

Education – BS Agricultural Business, Cal Poly, SLO

Family – Single

In My Spare Time – You can find me with family/ friends, at the gym, or on any sort of outdoor expedition.

Leah Cochrane

Leah Cochrane

What I do at Talley Farms?  System Operator; Bookkeeping

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 1990

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – Our Team Spirit!

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers.

Education – BS, AG Management-Business, Cal Poly, SLO

Family – Husband, older than me, and daughter: 16

In My Spare Time – I enjoy taking care of our place, our animals, and hauling our daughter to High School and Junior rodeos.

Anibal Escobar

Anibal Escobar

What I do at Talley Farms?  Safety Director 

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2011

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – It feels like a family.

The best thing we grow is – everything!

Education – BS in Criminal Justice, Long Beach State

Family – Girlfriend, Elise, and furry sons: Pepe and K.O. expecting to guard a baby brother in April 2016.

In My Spare Time – Spend time with family and friends, watch sports and work out.

Arturo Ibarra

Arturo Ibarra

What I do at Talley Farms?  Loading Dock and Packing Shed Manager 

How long at Talley Farms? Since 1987

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – it is like coming home.

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers.

Family – Wife, Juana, and four children: Juanita, Guillermina, Alejandra and Arturo; and one granddaughter, Elana.

In My Spare Time – I like hunting, fishing and backpacking.

Beatriz Ramirez

Beatriz Ramirez

What I do at Talley Farms?  Payroll Manager and Employee Relations 

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 1975

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – working with people and knowing their personalities. There are a lot of great people including the owners whom I highly respect.

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers and cilantro

Family – My four children: Hector, Julia, Mirella, and Marbella, plus my grandchildren.

In My Spare Time – I like to read and have my family over for family night or weekend breakfast.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

What I do at Talley Farms?  Orchard Manager/Viticulturalist 

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2013

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – The diversity of crops and people make every day interesting.

The best thing we grow is – everything! Everything is grown to the highest of standards. My wife tells me that our avocados are way creamier than all others.

Education – BA FAS, UC Davis 

Family – Wife, Courtney, and two kids: Elliot and Rory

In My Spare Time – I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, tending to my small apple orchard and vineyard, and riding mountain bike trails in SLO county.

Lisa Loogman

Lisa Loogman

What I do at Talley Farms?  Assist Andrea in running the Fresh Harvest program and work on projects for Talley Farms. 

How long at Talley Farms?  Since 2013

The best thing about working at Talley Farms is – the family atmosphere.

The best thing we grow is – bell peppers!

Education – BS in Agricultural Business, Cal Poly, SLO

Family – Just me and my dog Kody

In My Spare Time – I run, hike, ride horses, travel and do anything outside.

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