Nikiko Masumoto is a farmer, artist, and creator. Born in the Central Valley of California, Nikiko spent her childhood slurping over-ripe peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm (an 80-acre organic farm in Del Rey, CA). She has never missed a summer harvest. She earned a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley and completed a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin. Her research focused on performance, memory, and Japanese American Redress. From her study, she created a one-woman show called “What We Could Carry” which she continues to tour. Her first book (co-authored with David Mas and Marcy Masumoto) The Perfect Peach (Ten Speed Press, 2013) was chosen by USA Today as a top 10 cookbook for the summer and Oprah’s top 5 cookbooks. Her passion for farming and art accompanies her dedication to community growth. She is a member of the Arts & Culture Grant Committee of the Fresno Regional Foundation and on several advisory boards to local and statewide non-profit organizations.