The Christopher family has been farming in California since the 1880's, when Ole Christopher immigrated from Denmark to the fertile Santa Clara Valley. Over the years, Ole worked his way up from hay baler to successful prune rancher. His sons, the Christopher Brothers, expanded the operation into one of the largest in the Valley. Today's Christopher Ranch in Gilroy was founded in 1956, by third generation Don Christopher. Starting with just 10 acres of garlic, his expertise and commitment to excellence helped the Ranch grow into a major international agri-business with over 600 employees year-round and a seasonal harvesting crew of 1,200. Fourth generation Bill Christopher joins his father in overseeing 4,000 acres of row crops including garlic, bell peppers, shallots and ginger. Christopher Ranch is also co-founder of the world famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.