Board Member Profile
Allied Grape Growers
Kyle is a Manager of Operations for Allied Grape Growers, a grower run marketing cooperative and brokerage, in the northern interior of California. In his role, Kyle is responsible for coordinating grape sales, advising on farming practices, managing customer relationships, and serving his members as a public face of the organization in industry groups state-wide. Leveraging his previous experience in production farming, where he directed operations on more than 1,500 acres of premium wine grapes in the Lodi and Clarksburg AVAs, Kyle hopes to continue cultivating a reliable network of industry contacts around the state on which to drive the profitability of the Allied Grape Growers membership, and ensure long standing partnerships for years to come.
As a child, Kyle had the unique experience of living in many of the great wine growing regions of the western U.S. before settling as a teenager in Healdsburg, CA. The oldest of three boys, through 4-H and FFA, he and his brothers raised breeding cattle, goats, sheep, hogs, and, of course, wine grapes. This life-long immersion in agriculture, in part, drove a desire to challenge his worldview, and he went on to obtain his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon in Eugene, before returning to his agricultural roots and earning a M.P.P in Agricultural Policy from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.
Passionate about the future of agriculture and the importance of a community’s connection to its sources of food and fiber, Kyle believes in the value of a “big tent” agricultural community. Inspired by the Center for Land Based Learning as a vehicle to inclusion, and a driver of equity in local food systems, Kyle is eager to support the Center’s legacy of success and help appropriately advance its mission in a rapidly changing California agricultural industry.
Kyle lives in Lodi, CA with his wife Natalie, their two amazing children Owen (4) and Olivia (1), their rambunctious German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Hank, and their not-so-rambunctious tortoise Frank. He serves on the FFA advisory committee at Tokay High School, is an advisory board member on the LACA (Labor and Automation in California Agriculture) project at UC Merced, an alternate on the State Winegrape Inspection Committee, and a Director-at-Large for the Lodi District Grape Growers Board of Directors. When they aren’t in vineyards or wineries around the state, you can likely find the Collins family somewhere in the mountains, either on skis or hiking trails, enjoying a good book, or agonizing over Oregon Duck football.