Scott is the third generation in his family to farm. After graduating in 2001 from Cal Poly State University – San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Agricultural Business; he became involved in the family business as a partner with his parents. He has added to the diversity of the crops initially farmed by his family which currently include blueberries, blackberries, almonds, table grapes and wine grapes.
Our two daughters, Madison (11 yrs) and Hailey (10yrs) have developed a love for agriculture and enjoy taking walks and wagon rides through the blueberry rows. We want our girls to have the experience of being raised on a family farming operation and as their parents, offer examples of hard work, dedication, and being advocates for agriculture.
Contributing to the vertical integration of the farming operation, Scott owns J.B. Critchley, Inc., a trucking company that hauls produce and ag commodities throughout California; Aslan Cold Storage, LLC which consists of two cold storage facilities located in Kingsburg and Reedley, California; and All Seasons Logistics, LLC which specializes in milk & dairy-related logistics.
Mandy received her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis on Sales and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001. After owning a full service marketing company, MC Solutions, LLC for 11 years, Mandy now works within their family of companies facilitating sales, food safety, and financial tasks. Mandy is an alumni of the California Ag Leadership Program and assists with marketing efforts for an annual alumni fundraising breakfast. Mandy was named the 2021 Chairwoman of the California Blueberry Commission Board of Directors and serves on the steering committee for the Western Growers Women’s Leadership Program.
Scott’s grandfather, Stanley Jacobsen, was a leader in the agricultural community who farmed grapes and tree fruit and was involved in custom cotton harvesting. He was very active in the Fresno County Farm Bureau and served as president for two terms in 1974-76.
Mandy’s grandfather, William D. Taylor, worked at the Monterey County Agricultural Department from 1964-1981 and was the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner in from 1979-1981.
Scott and Mandy are members of the Produce Marketing Association, Western Growers Association, California Blueberry Commission, United Fresh Produce Association, Tulare and Fresno County Farm Bureaus, California Trucking Association, and the Fresh Produce and Floral Council.
California biggest blueberry fan Tawnie travels to Critchley Farms in Kingsburg and whip up a batch of fresh blueberry lemon cookies.