The Schaupp Family of Yolo County

Schaupp Family History

Charlie Schaupp’s agricultural roots run as deep as his passion for freedom. He is proud of his family’s tradition of earning a living in Agriculture.

The Schaupp family has a history of farming that dates over 130 years. Schaupp Farms can trace it roots back to the 1880s when Charlie’s great-grandfather settled in the Hungry Hollow Hills of Yolo County next to the land they still farm today.

Schaupp Farms, a 3500 acre operation owned and operated by his family and managed by his brother Bob. Their ranch, throughout the decades, has proudly produced rice, wheat, barley, almonds, corn, sunflowers, alfalfa and various other crops in Yolo, Sutter and Sacramento Counties.

Charlie's Grandfather and brothers harvest barley on the Schaupp Ranch in 1919 with a 28-mule team.
Charlie’s Grandfather and brothers harvest barley on the Schaupp Ranch in 1919 with a 28-mule team.

Charlie is a graduate of Yuba College where he received an Associate Degree in Agricultural Business. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from California State University, Chico with an emphasis in Soils, Irrigation and Drainage.

A Water Science specialist, Schaupp engaged in additional graduate studies in Hydrology and Water Resource Development.

Charlie and Brother Bob with some of Charlie's watermelon crop 2012
Charlie and Brother Bob with some of Charlie’s watermelon crop 2012

The Schaupp are known as high quality alfalfa farmers for many of the Dairymen in Napa and Sonoma Counties as most of their high TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients). For 50 years they have sold their alfalfa to coastal dairymen centered around Petaluma.

Also, as a young man in the 1960’s Charlie worked for his dad and grandfather. He spent many a season driving crawler tractors preparing rice fields in the Sutter basin.

In the 1970’s the Schaupp Family moved their rice production to the north Natomas area of Sacramento County and Charlie, while working on his college agriculture degrees, spent many a weekend during planting season plowing and preparing rice fields in the Elkhorn area.

Charlie and Grimes Farmer Howard Balsdon at the 1998 Colusa Farm Show. Background is Charlie's Great-grandfather's 1923 Caterpillar 10-Crawler Tractor. Now part of the Hiedrick Ag Museum in Woodland.
Charlie and Grimes Farmer Howard Balsdon at the 1998 Colusa Farm Show. Background is Charlie’s Great-grandfather’s 1923 Caterpillar 10-Crawler Tractor. Now part of the Hiedrick Ag Museum in Woodland.

“No issue can be more important to our district as agricultural industries than protecting our soil and water. It doesn’t matter if you a vintner in Lake County, a rice farmer in Colusa, Glen or Sutter Counties, a rancher in Yuba County, a tomato grower in Yolo or an almond farmer in Solano county. The health of our agriculture is paramount in the 3rd Congressional District and out nation.”
…Charlie Schaupp