- John Ledbetter at a glance
Ledbetter grew up in Lodi driving tractors on the weekend, but didn’t come into farming as a career until years after his graduation from California State University, Fresno with a degree in ag business and economics. Ledbetter spent six years in the Navy, then worked as the Fresno branch manager for the Farm Credit System. He lived in Fresno with his wife Edyth Ledbetter and their two children.
In 1978, Keith Ledbetter asked his son to join his vineyard management business in Lodi, Vino Farms. Since then, it has grown to 11,000 acres of vines, and over 100 employees growing more than a dozen varietiels up and down the state.
He was a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, past chairman of California Winegrape Growers and past chairman of Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission.
He worked on the integrated pest management aspect of Lodi Rules, the first comprehensive sustainability guide for wine grape growers.
Today, he lives in Lodi with his wife of 41 years. They have two children, Kimberly and Craig, and two grandsons.
- Notably San Joaquin
The San Joaquin County Historical Society is hosting Notably San Joaquin, a wine auction, dinner and dance on June 15 at Hutchins Street Square. The wine reception starts at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6. For more information, call the society at 209-331-2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 am
John Ledbetter stopped by a friend’s office in March to catch up and talk shop about grape harvesters.
Instead, after a few pleasantries, Claude Brown, president of the San Joaquin Historical Society, paused.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 am.