Growing up in Southern California, Aidan Williams was raised in the Agricultural Industry since he was born. His grandparents, Ron and Pat Caird, started Por La Mar Nursery back in 1972 and have since expanded to over 100+ acres in the Santa Barbara County. With over 300 varieties of blooming and foliage products, Por La Mar Nursery is one of the leading wholesale nurseries on West Coast. After growing up on the farm, Aidan attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he studied Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences with a concentration in Fruit Science. From there, Aidan worked as the North American QA Manager for Mission Produce, the world’s largest producer, shipper and distributor of avocados world-wide before heading back to Santa Barbara to join the family business. Now, as Sales and Operations Manager at Por La Mar Nursery, Aidan is involved with all aspects of the business and directly oversees the Sales, Purchasing and Operations team.
In addition, in 2021 Aidan and his colleagues started a program called Growing Plants for Growing Minds, where he and his team have partnered with over 15+ schools in the Santa Barbara County area to promote agriculture and educate students on a variety of plant topics. His goal is to continue to expand this program nation-wide and work with a retailers and other organizations on educating our youth and careers in Agriculture.