Walter Gemperle was born and raised on a farm in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He learned to farm working with his father and brothers, but opportunities to buy his own farm were scarce. In 1960, Walter emigrated from Switzerland to California with the dream of starting his own farm in the fertile soils of the San Joaquin Valley. By the early 1960's, Walter had purchased his original acres and planted his first almond trees. Although almond farming was new to him, he farmed using methods learned back in the "old country" emphasizing a deep respect for the land and minimal use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Over fifty years later, the orchards of Edelweiss Nut Co. still adhere to these simple "old world" principles of sustainability. Our philosophy is to treat our land with utmost care using only organic fertilizers and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for pest control.
In 1999, Richard Gemperle took over day-to-day operations in the almond orchards and did not waiver from Walter's pioneering principles of sustainability. Today third generation Gemperle farmers are found in the almond orchards busy monitoring for pests, irrigating, and enjoying/sampling the "fruits" of their labor.
Edelweiss Nut Company has products that are certified sustainable through Food Alliance, and certified organic and certified transitional through CCOF. We only market almonds produced in our own fields in order to ensure our quality and sustainability standards. All our orchards are located with the Turlock area of the San Joaquin Valley.