Swank Farms is a real working farm located in Hollister, California. We offer a variety of events, including our annual Fall Festival, a haunted attraction, The Gorechard, field trips, and we attend farmers’ markets weekly.
The home ranch I farm today was purchased in 1928 by my Grandfather, Bill Maggini. The 60-acre “home” ranch is located in the northern part of San Benito County off of Acquistapace Road. This little piece of heaven has seen many transformations since then. When my grandfather bought the ranch, it was planted with 30 acres of prune trees and 30 acres of peach trees. It wasn’t long before the peach trees were removed, making way for more profitable seed crops. A variety of vegetables such as celery, carrots, tomatoes and mustard were planted in the rich soil. Colorful zinnias were planted as seed crops. My mother recalls how beautiful it was to walk out the front door and gaze upon 30 acres of gorgeous flowers. To her, that was the perfect crop. My mother, Frances Swank, and my aunt, Eleanor Lanini, grew up on this ranch. They both ventured out to pursue their own lives but have returned to this magical place of their youths. Unfortunately, Eleanor has passed away, but my mother still lives today.