Hirakata Farms


Michael Hirakata

Michael Hirakata and his family are part of the fifth generation of farmers operating Hirakata Farms in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It started in the early 1900s, when Tatsunosuke Hirakata came to the United States from Japan. Upon arrival, he went to work for the railroad, which eventually brought him to Colorado where he settled in Rocky Ford. Soon after, he and his son Keiji began farming, building what’s now Hirakata Farms. There they raised various crops, including the renowned Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™.

The family has been working the land around Rocky Ford Colorado’s Arkansas Valley for 98 years and consider themselves stewards of the land. Today, they farm 900 acres. For more information visit http://hirakatafarms.com and find them on Facebook.

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