Sid Staunton of Tulelake, California, is a third generation farmer. He and his two brothers, Marshall and Ed, run Staunton Farms, a 5,000 farm. They grow Russets, Organic Russets, Klamath Pearls and Red Potatoes. They also produce wheat, barley, onions, alfalfa and peppermint and are committed to sustainable farming practices. Joining them just three years ago is Marc, Sids’ 28 year-old son. Still frequenting the farm to “stick his hands in the soil” is Sid’s dad, John.
The Staunton legacy began when Sid’s grandfather homesteaded in 1929, drawn to the lake by the large number of water fowl. In October of that year his grandfather’s economic standing changed completely–from an investor to a farmer–in 24 hours!
“I was going to be an investment banker,” Sid explained. “Then fate stepped in. The freedom of being outside and changing job descriptions hourly drew me back to the farm, and choosing this lifestyle to raise a family kept me here. My sons’ passion for growing crops is a reflection of what my father passed down to me.”
Sid and his wife, Tammie, have been married 30 years. Tammie grew up in Troutdale, Oregon. Today, she oversees the financials of the farm, managing all accounts on the profit and loss statements. They have three children: Kappie, Marc and Curtis. Sid and Tammie agree that the keys to their success in business has been basing decisions on what is right, staying grounded in faith and keeping family first.