John and Shirley Kirkpatrick, Owners
Young Greg and Dana Kirkpatrick,
planting trees circa 1968
Both sides of our family’s farming heritage date back many generations.
John’s mother came to Tulare County from Kansas in 1904 and his father arrived four years later when his grandfather moved the family from Illinois in 1908. Their first stop was Alila Colony near Earlimart, but Albert became intrigued with stories of newly emerging citrus crops being grown in the foothills to the east. Three years later, he bought a producing citrus and olive property east of Lindsay. Family lore has it that John’s father A.F. (Frank) walked the family cow from Alila to their new home when he was only 11. When John’s parents married in 1924, they settled into farming at the Round Valley ranch.
John and Shirley (a Fresno County farm girl) married in 1959. They pursued separate professional careers until moving to Tulare County where they established Lindcove Ranch in the mid-1960s.
Their children, Greg, Dana and Kari, learned to appreciate the rural life from outset. While Dana and Kari made homes in Northern California, oldest son Greg began to set aside time from his consultancy as a farmland conservation specialist to assume increased leadership responsibilities at the ranch.