Meet Your Farmers

Our Hudson Farm Family

Hudson Farms is currently co-owned by Liz Hudson, her son and daughter-in-law, Rodger and Emilee Hudson, and her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Sam Huckabay.

Earl & Liz

Farmers

Earl and Liz Hudson

Both Earl and Liz are products of Sanger schools and were involved in the Sanger community throughout their 41 years of marriage. Earl passed away in August 2022. They were named Sanger’s Mr. and Mrs. Farmer in 2009, by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce.

Earl was elected to serve on the Consolidated Irrigation Board of Directors in 2014, and at the time of his passing served as president of the Board. He also represented CID on the Kings River Water Association Board of Directors. Earl also was a member and involved in the Sanger Eagles Lodge, Fresno Shrine, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Earl was noted for volunteering to barbecue and cook for many worthy causes and his special homemade German sausage was requested by many who have tried it.

In addition Earl had more than 30 years of experience as an agricultural field man and as a pest control advisor in agriculture chemical sales. He also operated a custom brush shredding business for more than 20 years to help supplement the family farm.

Liz has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural public relations and communications. In 2010, she retired from the Fresno County Farm Bureau, where she was responsible for the Bureau’s public relations activities, including strategic public relations planning, member and public communications, media and community relations, and agricultural education activities. Liz also has served as a co-owner of an independent communications agency specializing in agricultural and water communications for several clients; working in public affairs for the Westlands Water District; and a reporter/writer for a weekly newspaper, farm trade publications and in radio.

In 2023, Liz was honored to be named the Agriculturist of the Year for Fresno County by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Liz was honored by the Common Threads Committee as one of the honorees recognizing women in agriculture, and received the Fresno County Farm Bureau’s “Heavy Puller” award in 2010. In 2008, she was one of 100 Central California women selected to be in Business Street’s “Influential Women 100,” recognized for professional accomplishments, as well as civic involvement. Liz holds a Certificate of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America and was named “Public Relations Professional of the Year” by the Central California Chapter of PRSA in 2005.

Rodger and Emilee

Farmers

Rodger and Emilee Hudson

In his early years, Rodger would begin his journey as a farmer and ride along with father, Earl, while he was working for Wawona and Barr packing.

Rodger began riding bin trailers at 9 years old, in 1997, sorting fruit.

Rodger was active in Future Farmers of America, Sanger, participating in ag mechanics and plant science.

Rodger went to Reedley College majoring in plant science and chemistry.

Not long after College he began farm managing, along with tractor work and irrigation.

Emilee was raised in north Sanger on a small ranch which included a range of animals and back yard gardening with her parents. Her family history is rich with farming history from the Virginias, to Oklahoma, to the central valley of California.

Emilee raised goats, sheep, poultry, and horses as a child. She was a member of Fairmont Elementary 4-H Club and a member of Future Farmers of America, Sanger, participating in ag science, floral design, ag mechanics, pygmy goat, sheep, & poultry showmanship and was also the Sanger Chapter President.

Charlotte, Sam, Sadie, & Clare

Farmers & Busy Parents

Charlotte and Sam Huckabay

Sam and Charlotte have two daughters, Sadie and Clare.

Sam works the ranch with Rodger and Charlotte is a stay at home mom, for now.

Sam’s family has long-time ties to Sanger area farming, farming almonds north of Sanger. He and his family also did custom agricultural spraying, custom cotton harvesting, and Sam and his brother currently run a custom almond harvesting business.

Charlotte has a degree in biological sciences from UC Irvine and has worked in the health field. She currently is a a busy mom and assists with the office and compliance programs for the farm.

They are enjoying watch their girls grow up on the ranch, and love having them so close to this part of the agricultural process.