River Oak Orchards
River Oak Orchards History

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Henry Van Groningen Sr moved to America from the Netherlands in 1910.

1910

Henry Van Groningen Sr moves from Minnesota to California’s Central Valley where started his first dairy farm.

1922

Henry Van Groningen Sr moved to Ripon, California to continue dairy farming.

1929

Henry Van Groningen Sr planted his first almond orchard and became one of the first almond farmers in Ripon, California. He soon followed up the almond orchard with planting walnuts and watermelons.

1939

Henry Van Groningen Sr's sons, Art and Henry, took over the family farm and continued the family legacy with a 25 year partnership. As Art and Henry’s sons grew up and developed a  fondness for the family business, they made the decision to split the family business.

1945

Henry Van Groningen Jr and his sons took over farming the almond trees and soon added walnuts, kiwis and nectarines.

1970

Chris Van Groningen purchased a walnut huller and began a farming partnership with his brothers.

2000

Vertical Integration. As the hulling business grew, Chris Van Groningen expanded and added a processing plant to the business which has been growing ever since.

2008

River Oak Orchards continues to pride itself on packing and shipping the highest quality California Walnuts.

2021

River Oak Sustainability

Sustainability is a part of our story. As River Oak Orchards continues to

increase the amount of walnuts we process every year, our dedication for sustaining the land that has allowed many to flourish increases as well.

Solar panels run our facility and irrigation pumps at fields

Walnut shells are spread around our facility to control dust

Moisture control sensors that help to schedule irrigation

Micro irrigation and drip systems for watering our trees

Incorporate pruning and other clippings back into the soil

Local dairies use our walnut shell for bedding and dust control

About River Oak Orchards

A lot has changed in 3 generations, but our commitment to environmental sustainability has remained true.

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