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The Harris family has been farming for more than a century, and the Fresno County farm has been under continuous family operation since 1937. Since its founding, Harris Farms has grown into one of the largest agribusinesses in the nation and is California’s largest cattle feeder, fed beef processor and beef marketer.

The family’s California farming history dates back to 1916 when J.A. Harris and his wife, Kate, arrived in the Imperial Valley to establish one of California’s first cotton gins as well as other cotton-related businesses. They later farmed in the San Joaquin Valley where their only son, Jack Harris, graduated from Chico High School in 1932, prior to attending Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

In 1937, Jack and his wife, Teresa, founded their own ranch in the San Joaquin Valley, starting out on a previously unfarmed half-section of land and expanding over the years to several thousand acres of prime farm land. Originally growing primarily cotton and grain, Harris Ranch now produces more than 30 varieties of vegetables, fruit and nut crops. These include everything from carrots, lettuce, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and melons to oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, and wine grapes.

Firmly established as one of America’s largest integrated beef producers and an agricultural giant, the Harris Ranch family expanded its realm beyond the ranch with the addition of a restaurant in the 1970s, and the Inn at Harris Ranch soon thereafter.  Current owners, John and Carole Harris, take great pride in stewarding the decades-old family business and the evolution of Harris Ranch is certain to continue apace. Related companies include the Harris Ranch Beef Company, the Harris Feeding Company, the Harris Farms Thoroughbred Division, and Harris Fresh.


Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant is a showcase for one of the West’s most prominent ranching brands. The company is a family enterprise serving as stewards of California’s heartland and ambassadors of authentic Western hospitality. A well known destination for travelers located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles; featuring a 153-room Central California hotel, multiple restaurant venues, Country Store, service station with convenience store, easy Interstate 5 access near Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield; and a private landing strip. Originally opened in 1975, the restaurant complex has expanded over the years and today has a seating capacity of nearly 430 guests and serves an average of 1,500 entrees each day. It ranks #6 among California’s highest volume, independently owned restaurants. The Inn at Harris Ranch, originally established in 1987, was expanded in the mid-1990s and the last completed renovation was in 2014. There’s no better stop to make than at our hotel between San Francisco and Los Angeles, whether you are on a leisurely tour of the Golden State, an important business trip, or any occasion that finds you traveling between California’s major north and south metropolitan hubs.


For over 50 years, Harris Ranch Beef Company, the processing and marketing component of the beef division, has continually strived to produce the highest quality beef in the world. Over the years we have built a uniquely integrated beef production system where cattle are sourced, fed and humanely processed exclusively by Harris Ranch. Few if any beef companies – other than Harris Ranch – can claim they control all aspects of production. Still family owned and operated, the Harris family has always taken great pride in raising its beef to be as pure and great tasting as nature intended. This tradition of quality is evident in all of our beef products—you can truly taste the difference. Find some great beef recipes here.


Established in 1966, Harris Farms’ horse division includes the 320–acre main farm located north of Coalinga, just east of the I-5, as well as the 200-acre part of the Harris River Ranch devoted to horses. The main farm boasts a full commercial facility, offering a wide range of services from breeding and foaling to breaking and training, for both Harris Farms and its many loyal clients. Nearly 200 foals are birthed each year at the Thoroughbred Horse Division.


Beginning with cotton and grain, Harris Fresh now produces over thirty-three crops annually, including lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, onions, melons, oranges, lemons, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and wine grapes on over 17,000 acres of farmland.



Just beyond the oasis of Harris Ranch hotel in Coalinga, CA is a wide-open range of things to do and see. Here’s a list for starters.


Enjoy the small town charm of sunny Coalinga, located just 14 miles west of Harris Ranch Central California resort. Coalinga features many historic landmarks, beautiful rolling hills, the annual Horned Toad Derby and much more! Phone: 1 (559) 935-2948 or 1 (800) 854-3885 exec@coalingachamber.com www.coalingachamber.com


Dedicated to preserving the story of the Central Valley, the R.C. Baker Museum is filled with fossils, oil displays and collective memories of a community that helped fuel the American century.  Located in Coalinga, this museum is a must see and is just a quick 15 minute drive from our hotel between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Phone: (559) 935-1914


Nestled at the foot of the California costal range, Turk Station offers outdoor recreation on a century-old working ranch. Mountain biking, walking tours, Habitat Management and Development consultations, wildlife photo opportunities as well as game bird and trophy ram hunts and “catch and release” fishing are here. Phone: (559) 935-1902 info@turkstationlodge.com


A Central Valley favorite, Lemoore Golf Course boasts 18 holes, a full service café and pro shop. Located just 18 miles east of Harris Ranch, the tree-studded, par-72 course measures over 6,500 yards from the back tees. Phone: (559) 924-9658 www.lemooregolfcourse.net


The Hanford Carnegie Museum presents the history of Hanford and Kings County through interpretive exhibits and knowledgeable local historians.




Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant Staff  


Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant seeks dynamic, professional individuals to join our I-5 complex Restaurant Management Team. Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant is currently ranked as the sixth-highest volume, independently owned and operated restaurant in California. Harris Ranch offers a comprehensive benefits package for managerial employees, including health insurance, employer-match 401k, vacation and sick leave, all backed by a quality of life philosophy and over 25 years of financial growth and stability.

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To see employment opportunities for all Harris Ranch companies, including management opportunities for the Inn & Restaurant, click here.

To apply for an hourly position at our Central California Inn or Restaurant, see the positions detailed below, download our application here and bring the completed application to the Human Resources office at the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant at 24505 W Dorris Ave, Coalinga CA 93210.


Line Cook/ Expeditor: 1-3 Years Experience as a Line Cook. Good Knife Skills, Good Food Knowledge and Good Communication Skills.

Baker: Entry Level Position, Must work well with others and be available to work early morning shifts, bread mixing, baking, and good communication skills.

Dishwasher: Basic Dishwashing, Flexible Shifts, Heavy Lifting, Self- Starter. (Will Train)

Janitor: Basic Janitorial Skills, Heavy Lifting, Self-Starter. (Will Train) 


Hostess: Experienced individual, Greeting and seating guests, answering phones, Flexible Schedule and good Communication skills.

Busser: Assisting Servers, clearing/ re-setting tables, good physical ability, heavy lifting 40-50lbs, and Good Communications Skills.  Open Availability.