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8/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Farms expands, adds 25 employees

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - On the one hand, there's some talk that the farm that dominates much of south Golden Valley is going to end operations.

But Kingman Farms isn't going anywhere, according to Dick Mills, the general manager of farm operations. In fact, the farm is expanding by another 600 acres, he said.

"We've just started laying down the irrigation system on another 600 acres," he said. "We've also added 25 permanent workers from the local workforce."

The farm is also starting to harvest some of its vast varieties of melons, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables and is starting to plant several varieties of squash and other fall vegetables.

However, the farmer's market stall at the entrance won't be open until probably mid-September, Mills said.

Kingman Farms is Las Vegas developer Jim Rhode's latest business venture in Mohave County. The company started breaking ground on the farm earlier this year behind the three model homes off of Aztec Road that Rhodes built for the former master planned community Pravada.

The grand plan is to farm about 40,000 to 50,000 acres in Mohave County using a sophisticated underground GPS drip irrigation system and sell the produce to national and local stores, restaurants and food services.

Rhodes bought nearly 80,000 acres of land in various parts of Mohave County during the housing boom in the early 2000s. He planned to use the land to build five different master planned communities near Temple Bar, White Hills, Golden Valley and two near the Kingman Airport. The developments would have added 119,300 new homes to the county.

Rhodes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 in order to protect 32 of his companies, along with the Las Vegas master planned communities of Rhodes Ranch and Tuscany and parts of Pravada.

Mills said he welcomes people who want to talk with him about the farm. His office is located in one of the model homes off of Aztec Road. He can be reached at dmills@kingmanfarms.com.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: NA Kronen

Does Kingman farms have all the underground water rights in GOLDEN VALLEY?
What about the water table that is furnishing homes and business with water~ They will soon deplete our source!


Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: NA Kronen

Golden Valley is not golden anymore! It is BROWN and DUSTY! My eyes are irritated~ and I am thinking the dust could even cause GOLDEN VALLEY FEVER? After living in the SanTan Valley for a while~ we moved here for the fresh air and sunshine only to get this terrible dust cloud hanging over the valley. Why is Kingman Farms immune to the DEQ?

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

Can't say Rhodes is stupid, can you spell farm subsidy!

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@the fox hound

"but Rhodes folly is not in Kingman ..."

I live outside of the city limits, but if I have to tell someone where I live to, I say "Kingman Arizona". And I think land for farming may be scarce in downtown Kingman.

"If growing veggies in the desert was such a good idea why hasn't anyone else done it before now.?

They did not have the water?

"...failed investment in water he purchased.."

So he HAS the water. You asked, then you answered your own question.

"I'm all for job creation...”

Where can people apply for jobs with the business that you've created with the interests of GV residents as the prime reason?

"If you want to believe that Rhodes has Golden Valley residents interests in mind.."

Not being a leftist, and a firm believer in capitalism, I believe his first interest is in making a profit on his investments. Not a hard concept to grasp.

Notice, you're comment was the first. The article does it even hint that he did this with GV “residents interests in mind”. Not hard to figure out what your goal was from the very start.


Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

@Please tell us what is so detrimental about GMO???

Most developed countries have banned the use of products like Starmark corn. Please do some independent research and you will find out why we should not be eating genetically modified foods. You will find information in most scientific websites and nutritional sites that are not tied to mainstream media.
And people can get by with paying low wages here because that is what people here expect. Still some jobs are better than no jobs.


Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: better off

I for one think Golden Valley residents are far better off with the farm than thousands of new homes. Some of us live here because we don't want to be stacked on top of our neighbors. A few extra jobs in the area and some local produce to boot...works for me.

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: Rick A

The prices are GREAT and the employees are friendly. and the veggies are good.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Non-slave Labor

The comment, "Typical Republican," by "Slave Labor" indicates the writer still believes there is a differance between Republicans and democrats, and eliminates all credibility to anything else said by that writer.
BTW- 'fair-wage," is the amount agreed to by the employer and the employee. If the employee doesn't agree to the wage offered, he does not have to provide the labor.
IOW- Take it or leave it!


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Old Desert Woman

I drove by yesterday and it is good to see green in the desert. I still have concerns about gmo's and pesticides. There are countries that have banned gmo's , you have to ask why. Some scientific studies have shown gmo's cause tumors in rats if fed a diet based on them. There is also scientific evidence that steady gmo diet causes sterility. Monsanto is a huge company based in America, of course we are slow to acknowledge these dangers.The almight dollar speaks loudly. Bees are also at risk from pesticides and the pesticides in gmo round up ready crops.
As I drove by I noticed a corn field, which is a strong indication that Kingman Farms are planting gmo crops. Winds carry the pollin and contaminate the whole area so those who are trying to raise organic uncontaminated crops will be effected. There are reasons why many don't want pesticides and gmo crops in our area, our air and water.


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: V McKee

I wonder If they are still hiring? 8 Bucks an hour doesn't seem too bad for someone who is looking for a job in this town. It's better than nothing and it's local.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@slave labor

"yet he can`t afford to pay workers a fair wage?"

Yes, all those people forced to work for him. Oh wait, no one is forced to. Now define a "fair wage". Realize, of course, that it has nothing at all to do with how much he is worth.

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: R .

@ maggie passaro and az mac-

Please tell us what is so detrimental about GMO??? Is it bad like "Y2K" bad? Is it "December 12, 2012" bad?

I hear a lot of parrots spreading GMO fear like a plague but they can't tell you what the problem is other than to repeat what all the other fear mongers have told them.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: HOLD Dust Cloud

Dust? Didn't the Kingman Daily Miner quote Mr. Mills that he was dampening the soil to keep the dust down? Doesn't appear that is true because the slightest wind causes plumes of blowing dust. Rhodes/Mills don't care about the residents of Golden Valley or Kingman, this is evidenced by their lack of concern. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has visited Mr. Mills because of the number of complaints they have received regarding the dust. Per AZDEQ, although they found the dust issues to be of concern, and would be a violation in counties with ordinances, they have no authority as Mohave County has no ordinances for farming. So, Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Mills can do as they choose, and, they choose whatever THEY want with no regard to the community at large. So, what do you think they will do with pesticides and water? I believe most of the people supporting the farm do not live near it.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slave labor

The biggest complaint should be why this multi millionaire is paying workers $8 an hour. He had no trouble filing bankruptcy for his failed Pravada project, yet he can`t afford to pay workers a fair wage? Typical Republican.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: GMO?????????? MR.C.

There are things in life which would bother me far more then GMO Corn!!!

Every time you buy meat products at these large retail outlets, what in the world do you think, the vast majority of these animals are feed??

The only meat products, such as "beef" I would trust, are grass fed cattle. Hog confinement are starting to raise eye brows and not just because of their aroma. Round Up, is a widely use in soy bean production, which just happens to be a "trade mark" product from Monsanto.

Personally, i hope this guy can pull this off, after all the recalls in the grocery stores these day it will be, no cake walk in the park producing a product people will trust. Time will tell!!!


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Healthy Senior

I would be much more concerned about pesticides. The wind blows from the south in the summer and from the north in the winter. I'm wondering how far pesticides could stay in the dust.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

I am with maggie passaro hope it isn't GMO seeds he planted. It will spread to all our gardens.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: maggie passaro

I hope he is not using Monsanto's GMO seeds, cuz he could have a huge customer base IF heirloom seeds are grown, not Monsanto's.
I would drive from kingman, to G.V. just for his produce IF non-GMO is grown.


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Thanks to Jim Rhodes and Dick Mills. It's looking green in Golden Valley. I look forward to the food!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

As a Golden Valley resident I wish it really was Kingman Farms but Rhodes folly is not in Kingman it's in Golden Valley and so far all we have gotten from it is a hell of a lot of dust. If growing veggies in the desert was such a good idea why hasn't anyone else done it before now. Lets call this what it is an attempt by Rhodes to try and recoup some of his failed investment in water he purchased for his failed housing tracts. I'm all for job creation but surly there are better ways to go about that. If you want to believe that Rhodes has Golden Valley residents interests in mind you must be blinded by the dust.



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