Art and Lynn Kishiyama moved to the Central Coast of California in 2002 searching for a life-style far removed from the hustle-bustle of the big cities they previously called home. They found their dream outside Paso Robles, near the small village of Creston. Their home and farm are on 19 acres of paradise, nestled amidst the rolling hills and live oaks that comprise much of the Central Coast. Over nine acres have been planted with nearly 4,000 olive trees.
Because of the on-going drought, we have dispersed our herd of alpaca and have ceased irrigation of about 5 acres of pasture. This preserves our water for the olive orchard and allows an even greater focus on our hand-crafted olive oil production.
Art grew up in the local area, graduating from San Luis Obispo High School and the California Polytechnic School of Architecture. In his first career, he served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. Art’s second career encompassed spending 15 years with Walt Disney Imagineering, building international theme parks and attractions. Along the way, he earned graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University, Auburn University and the Air War College. Now in his third career as a farmer, he has found his true passion of producing artisan crafted, extra virgin olive oil.
Lynn grew up in Livermore, California and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and the University of Santa Monica. She has been a flight attendant, actor, model, small business entrepreneur and director of sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company. In the last several years, Lynn has discovered and developed her true talent, as an accomplished artist specializing in collages and abstracts which feature hand-made papers of extraordinary colors and textures.
From these diverse backgrounds, the Kishiyamas have created their version of paradise and a life-style which includes olives and fine art. Art and Lynn love to share their environs and enjoy hosting farm experiences. Please call or e-mail Art Kishiyama so that they can plan for your farm visit.