Bob Sakata, born in San Jose, Calif., was just 16 when he and his family were moved into a Japanese Internment camp in Utah during World War II. “We were given a bag and straw pile, and that was our mattress. And our apartment was a horse stall.” See video here.
He found a way out and made his way to Colorado, where he worked for a local dairy farmer. That farmer took a liking to him, and he gave him 40 acres in 1945. He used it to leverage that into the 2,400 acres his son, Robert Sakata, farms today. The farm grows onions, pinto beans and winter wheat.
R.T. has been sole owner of Sakata Farms since 2016 and is also a founder and the president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Association. But Bob is still active. Give’m a call. Bob may just answer.