Gizdich Ranch

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The Gizdich Ranch is in the “core” of Watsonville’s apple country on picturesque Peckham Road.  This 4th generation, family-owned and operated, agricultural business is testimony that what made America great is still viable.  People who visit seem to realize how rare a successful business such as this is these days.

“Gizdich Ranch,” was originally purchased by Vincent John Gizdich, a Croatian Immigrant, in 1937.  Back then it simply consisted of 5 acres in apples, 5 acres of open ground for chickens, pigs, and tomatoes, the home, and a packing shed.  In 1950, Mr. Gizdich and son Vincent Jr. leased extra acreage to experiment with the new Olallie berry, which is a cross between a logan and a black young berry from Corvallis, Oregon.  Vince Jr. took over full management of the farm after his father’s retirement in 1959.  Vince, Nita and their two sons moved into the original home on Peckham Road and the ranch was now 30 acres of apples and berries.  Another 20 acres were purchased and devoted to Olallie berries.
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