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The Gless Family : commodity
The Gless Family

Generations

The Gless Family

Generations

The Gless Family

A FAMILY FARMING LEGACY

The Gless family citrus legacy began in 1907 when John J. Gless’ grandfather, Juan Gless, a Basque sheepherder, immigrated from Spain to the El Toro area of Orange County, California, where he bought a 100 acre property that happened to include five acres of oranges.

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The Gless Family

The Gless Family : commodity
The Gless Family

Generations

The Gless Family
The Gless Family

Generations

The Gless Family
The Gless Family

Generations

The Gless Family

A FAMILY FARMING LEGACY

The Gless family citrus legacy began in 1907 when John J. Gless’ grandfather, Juan Gless, a Basque sheepherder, immigrated from Spain to the El Toro area of Orange County, California, where he bought a 100 acre property that happened to include five acres of oranges.

Juan’s son and John’s father, John P. Gless, was born and raised on this property. Gradually he increased the farmed acreage to include 35 acres of Valencias, 20 acres of lemons and various row crops. John J. grew up on the land, farming with his father until John P. sold the property in 1960.

Married and the parents of a young child, John J. and his wife Janet set out to find their own piece of land to work and raise a family. John saw potential for citrus growing in some acreage that others couldn’t see. With advice from Cooperative Extension at University of California, Riverside, on how to transform the decomposed granite soil, John and Janet acted boldly and purchased the property with real estate financing from American AgCredit – 20 acres in the Woodcrest area of Riverside. John planted the first orange grove in Woodcrest, by hand, in 1961 and, with that, a new citrus producing area in California was born.

Today, with the help of operating loans from American AgCredit, John and Janet own and manage several thousand acres of citrus in Riverside and Kern Counties. Their children, John S., Betsy, Jeff, and Jason grew up working with their parents, and each continues to be involved in some aspect of the business. John S. runs the farming operations in Kern County, Betsy works with Janet on public relations and marketing. Jeff runs the company’s packing and direct sales through the Gless Ranch markets, and Jason provides legal counsel.

The next generation is involved as well ­– granddaughter Amanda helps in the office, and grandson John C. (Little) runs the Riverside County farming operations with his grandfather, along with the youngest Gless, John M., by his side, waiting patiently to get his hands further into the family business.


 

citrus

Commodities: citrus

Location: Riverside, CA

Services:

REAL ESTATE FINANCING: Numerous real estate loans dating back to 1961 consisting of thousands of acres which consist primarily of citrus groves located in Riverside Kern counties

OPERATING LOANS: Operating Loans for various properties/entities/partnerships