Mark Tadros

Date farmer and co-founder of the Date Harvest Festival

A second-generation date farmer who grew up in the Coachella Valley, Mark Tadros now oversees Aziz Farms, the company his father started in 1989, as co-owner and president. Under his leadership, the farm grows dates and other produce items, collaborates with local restaurants to cultivate ingredients for their menus, and often hosts school field trips for students to learn about Coachella Valley agriculture.

Tadros, who advocates for California-grown produce and sustainable farming practices, co-founded the Date Harvest Festival in 2019, as well as a direct-to-consumer produce delivery company called CV Harvest Box, born during the pandemic to support local farmers.