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How it began…

Our History

Bowles Farming Company was founded in 1965 by brothers George and Henry Bowles, and their sister, Amy Bowles Lawrence. Amy Bowles Lawrence died in 1967 leaving four children, and Henry Bowles died in 1981, leaving three children. George Bowles died in 2005, leaving no children. The company is now owned by members of the Bowles and Lawrence families.

 

Some of the land we farm is leased from family members, some from third parties, and some is owned outright by the company. Cannon Michael (grandson of Henry) is President and Philip Bowles (son of Henry) is Chairman.

The three founding stockholders’ great-grandfather, Henry Miller, founded Bowles Farming’s predecessor, Miller & Lux, Inc., in 1858. So far, six generations of family members have worked in the business The Company’s headquarters are on the ranch at 11609 South Hereford Road, Los Banos. We also have a small office in San Francisco.

Miller & Lux, Inc. was founded in 1858, and ceased active operations in 1967.  The original business of the company was livestock, but it expanded into farming, meat processing, water, and related activities. At one time, Miller & Lux owned more than one million acres in California, Nevada, and Oregon. During and after the Great Depression, most of this property was sold. Two related families, the Nickels and the Bowles, had owned the company equally. When the company was dissolved, the Nickel family started several operations, now known collectively as Nickel Family, LLC.

For more information on Miller & Lux, please read the book “Industrial Cowboys”

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Farming as a family for over 150 years

THEN & NOW

OUR HISTORY

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Harvesting Tomatoes
BOWLES FARMING TODAY

Whether you want something traditional or a modern, fresh approach to gardening then your outside space is safe in our green-fingered hands work so that you can see what we are capable of or even perhaps to get some inspiration, please browse the Gallery area of our website.