Beginning in the 1940’s Norman Bradford dedicated much of his working life to the development of new fruit and nut varieties on the same ranch in Le Grand, California.
He spent the first 4 decades with the renowned Fred Anderson, and in 1981 Fred sold the breeding business to Norman and his son, Glen. For 27 years Bradford Farms continued the Anderson program, with the father-son partnership being one of the oldest private breeding programs in California. In 2008 Norman officially retired from the plant breeding business.
In April 2010 he passed away peacefully with Audrey, his wife of 63 years at his side. Audrey still lives on the ranch and continues to farm almonds with Glen. Today the plant breeding business continues as B Q GENETICS, with Glen being joined by his son-in-law, Jon Quisenberry.