My name is James Liston. My family has been harvesting the Nevada Soft Shell Piñon Pine Nuts for many years.
I started going out to help my father run the harvesting part of the business around 1990 and kept going until 2002. I had some great times and have some good memories. It was sometimes hard work, but I loved being out in the mountains and spending time with my father and uncle.
In 2002 I got a job that required me to be there full time. So I no longer have the option of being able to leave for 2 or 3 months at a time to harvest pine nuts.
My father and uncle continue to harvest the pine nuts each year and work with other pine nut harvesters as well.