The McDowell family has been farming on Grand Island since 1947, when Charles Sr. moved the family from Petaluma. Charles Sr. started farming 18 acres of pears and 250 acres of row crops. Over the years, the family has grown pears, sugar beets, alfalfa, feed corn, wheat, tomatoes, dried beans, milo, and safflower.
Now with the third generation operating this farm, major crops include alfalfa, pears, and wheat. Double M Farms opened its farm to sell direct to the public in the summer of 2011 with picked and U-Pick pears. Additional picked fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots, nectaplums, apples, apriums, pomegranates, etc) from Michael’s private special collection orchard may be available. Other commodities for sale include eggs from free-range chickens, Mexican avocados, alfalfa hay, and straw bales.
In 2013, two large projects were constructed. First was reconstruction of the old chicken pens into 2 larger rotating pens and a centrally located large egg laying henhouse. The second was a permanent farm stand. In 2014, an upland gamebird aviary was built at the entrance of the farm for visitors to be able to see various gamebirds up close.
State Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. “Growing on the River” in California Bountiful Magazine Sept/Oct 2012
“Vanilla Pear Vodka featuring Double M Farms” Prairie Californian Nov 2015