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Nickel Family, LLC dba Rio Bravo Ranch


The Nickel Family is a 5th generation of California farmers who embrace diversification, conservation and vertical integration. Each generation has contributed to the growth and success of Nickel Family LLC. George Nickel Jr. along with his son James L. Nickel incorporated Real Estate and Property investments as well as integrating orchards into the row crop operations. The 5th generation wanted to produce a premium food product and felt the old Merle Haggard almond orchard, located at the mouth of the Kern River Canyon, would be an ideal location for olives for the production of quality extra virgin olive oil. Research proved that the land would be a great fit! The frost potential during the harvest season is minimal due to the air drainage flowing out of the Kern River canyon. The air drainage and minimal precipitation also prevent moisture from forming any mildew on the olives. The soil is deep sandy loam soil which allows the olives to develop a strong robust flavor and produce award winning oils.

Contact Information

  • Contact Name: Stefanie Wickensheimer
  • Phone: 661-872-5050
  • Email:
  • Address: P.O. Box 60679 , Bakersfield, KERN, California 93386, US

CCOF Programs

  • Certification: Crops
    Status: Certified
    Date: October 4, 2018
  • Certification: USDA NOP
    Status: Certified
    Date: October 4, 2018



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