Wyatt Seaman grew up in Chowchilla, CA and is the 2nd generation of his family to work for Seaman Nurseries. Seaman Nurseries has been in business since 1982 and serves the entire Central Valley of California as well as multiple areas throughout Arizona. Wyatt is currently the Nursery Manager in which he oversees that all the trees are growing properly year-round which includes a variety of different tasks each day such as laying down gravel and soil in pots, setting up irrigation and putting individual drip systems in each pot, or bag for graphed trees. He pre-irrigates the soil before they are planted into pots, and after the trees are planted individually, he waits until they grow to a certain height before he ships them to customers. Or, they will grow them to a certain diameter and sort them to be graphed. Seaman Nurseries also provides a full-service operation from planting, graphing, and training up until harvest to ensure growers get the best output from their trees.
Before becoming the Nursery Manager, Wyatt had a few other jobs outside of the Ag industry. He was a snowboard instructor in Truckee, a plant stocker at Roger's Garden, and then went on to making cold calls. Having been born into the Ag industry and after having to cold call every day in an office, it made him realize how much he loved agriculture and missed the outdoors. This ultimately influenced him to go back to his hometown roots. What Wyatt likes most about his job is being outdoors, enjoying the fresh air, and being able to put out healthy and productive trees for growers throughout the Central Valley.
INTERVIEW W/ WYATT SEAMAN
Tell us a little more about Seaman Nurseries:
"Seaman Nurseries is a pistachio nursery, where we ship out premium pistachio trees across the Valley. We also ensure the farmer's trees to have a healthy and successful start for when they are planted."
What has been your biggest challenge or challenges you see other growers facing?
"Currently our industry is facing water issues as far as having less water to use due to government regulations. Another issue I see with some new farmers is that they tend to plant too soon or they plant before they have irrigation lined up. I've also seen double hose drip systems be off just enough to where trees die and need to be replanted. Which can be frustrating because this can easily be avoided. In order to sustain a productive orchard, we strive to help the new farmers start off the right way."
What do you enjoy most about your job?
"As the Nursery Manager, I enjoy being outside and taking care of the trees. It's also a lot of fun to be able to conversate and work with such a friendly and helpful industry. I enjoy the pistachio conference each year, as well as the scientific side - we are currently working on a super clone pistachio in hopes it is more salt tolerant and requires less winter chill hours."
What is one thing you would like to tell growers in the Central Valley?
"To all you Aggies - KEEP UP THE HARD WORK, AND FIGHT FOR WATER!"