Mohammed Afzal has been farming for over 30 years. In 2000 he started M. A. Farms, which grows seasonal varieties of stone fruits, pomegranates, persimmons, citrus, and limited quantities of mulberries. M. A. Farms specializes in more than six varieties of asian pears - Mohammed was one of the first farmers to start growing them in the USA 30 years ago, so the quality of his fruit reflects this experience.
Mohammed earned a degree from UC Davis in pomology (the study and cultivation of fruit) and started his own farm because he loves farming and being in nature. “He spends hours out there, even when there’s nothing to do,” jokes his son Muz, who loves selling at the market because he loves chatting with his customers.
The whole family - Mohammed’s wife and his 5 children - help to run the farm. It is called M. A. Farms because almost the whole family has the initials M. A. - Mohammed, Muz, Mahreen, Mobeen, and Moazum Afzal.