Biography of Nikiko Masumoto

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. In 2007 she graduated with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies. It was there that she realized she wanted to return to the Valley to farm. But first, she completed a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin. Her area of research focused on the performance of memory and Japanese American history (specifically the movement for Redress). In June of 2011, she moved back to Del Rey where she lives with her baachan and spends her days in the fields, apprenticing with her father and creating agrarian art. In 2011 she started the Valley Storytellers Project as a means to create public space for Valley folk to tell their own stories. She is co-author along with Marcy and Mas Masumoto of the upcoming cookbook The Perfect Peach (June 2013, Ten Speed Press). In her rare free time, she also enjoys traveling, eating, and yoga.