College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

The CNR Advisory Board

Burton A. Anderson


Burton A. Anderson was born in Salinas and was raised on a Salinas Valley ranch. He spent his entire career in agriculture including 17 years in the Imperial Valley where he was the Imperial Valley Farm Manager for Bruce Church, Inc. Returning to Salinas he became a department head in the main office of the company until retirement. He is knowledgeable with all facets of California Agriculture. In 2000 he authored a book titled “The Salinas Valley, A History of America’s Salad Bowl.” He is the historian for the Monterey County Historical Society.

Burton is part of four generations of family receiving degrees from UC Berkeley. One uncle was the Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture in the 1930’s. Another uncle was Monterey County Extension Director for 37 years. His son graduated in Political Economy of Natural Resources in 1979 and is sales manager for a fruit importing company in Philadelphia. His grandson, Jeffrey, is currently studying plant biology and environmental science in the College of Natural Resources. In addition his two daughters are graduates of UC Berkeley in the College of Letters and Science.

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