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Exhibit: David Masumoto (UCM Commencement 2013 Speaker, SSHA) Book Display


David Masumoto (UCM Commencement 2013 Speaker, SSHA) Book Display

"Good work, important work, necessary work, is not always measurable by profits."

-David Masumoto in Wisdom of the Last Farmer

David Masumoto is a third generation farmer who grows organic peaches, nectarines and grapes for raisins on an 80-acre farm in Del Rey, California.

Masumoto is a columnist for the Fresno Bee and has earned the Julia Child Cookbook Award in the literary food writing category, the Critics' Choice Award from the San Francisco Review of Books, and a Commonwealth Club of California silver medal.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Masumoto will deliver the keynote speech at the School of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19th 2013. In honor of this event, the UC Merced Library is proud to display several of Mr. Masumoto’s numerous book, including Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm (1995), Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil (1998), Four Seasons in Five Senses: Things Worth Savoring (2003), and Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies From the Land (2009).

The display is located on the 4th floor of the UC Merced Library, just outside of the McFadden Willis Reading Room.

For more information on David Masumoto and Masumoto Family Farm, visit

For more information on Commencement 2013, visit