California pear farming areas are arguably in some of the most beautiful places in the state. The beauty of historic pear orchards contributes significantly to the appeal of communities such as Courtland and Clarksburg located in the Sacramento River Delta growing region; Lakeport and Kelseyville in the Lake County pear growing district; and Ukiah in the Mendocino growing district. Together these growing areas produce approximately 150,000 tons of pears each year. The volume of pears produced in California has declined in recent years, but the California pear industry remains a leading supplier of pears to the world.
The California pear industry is a close knit community. The sustainable practices employed by California pear farmers make them excellent neighbors in the small, rural communities where pears are grown. California fresh pears are all harvested and packed by hand and thus require a significant amount of labor, particularly during harvest. As with all of California agriculture, farm workers are an important and valued resource. California pear farmers are committed to healthy relationships with the other businesses and residents of the communities where they live and work. They strive to protect the quality of life, support the economy and contribute to local events and causes.