Three generations of the Kliewer family grow fruit on their central California farm. The Kliewers, members of the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, were in 1973 one of the first area farmers to grow kiwi. They established a Guinness World Record with a Mega Kiwi weighing over 10 ounces. This variety, 50 per cent larger than a typical kiwi, is native to Greece.
In an interview with Kathy Heinrichs West for Christian Leader magazine, Jerry, a second generation Kliewer farmer, talked about how his faith intersects with farming.
“As farmers, we realize that everything we’ve been given is owned by God — not just the land and plants, but also the earnings that might be generated from them,” he said. “We want to make the most of what God has given us to manage.” ◆
Reprinted with permission from the March, 2018 issue of Christian Leader magazine.