Trying not to smile!
Our little family got its start in Oakland, California just a bit over 13 years ago, when Tim and I married. The years our childrren came to our family are years of significant growth in our pattern of growth rings! Our children mean the world to us. So with concern for the patterns of their own little growth rings, we began our search for a more rural 'ecology' to raise our children! It was during this search that we found the orchard. After securing financing for our new 130 year old home, we packed ourselves up and left our native California, all of our extended family, and everything that was familiar to us, in anticipation of planting our roots in the beautiful green hills of Missouri!
Our education bacground and work experience coming into this venture consist of my BS degree in Family Science and Tim's BS in Occupational Health and Safety. My work experience included office management skills and some basic experience with designing information systems in MS Access. Tim's work experience has been in the manufactured wood products industry and Insurance, where he worked exclusively with small Mom and Pop groceries throughout the state of California. Our orcharding experience is ours simply by association. Tim's Dad managed several apple and pear orchards which belonged to a family that settled the Grass Valley, California area in the 1800's. So, as you can see, the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree! It was with apples, that Tim learned to juggle!
Just after we moved here, someone approached me and asked if we planned to get rich off the orchard. His question took me by surprise, since money was never our motivation when we chose to move here. But in response, I informed him that, "Yes, I do, but not in the way that you might think!" Like anything of value, it takes time and effort to achieve the rewards. So on the outside, it may look like we are growing lots of apples, but truly, we are growing three handsome boys and one crazy little girl!
The Apple Farmer sees the half-moon pies!
Photo shoot snipets!
Her Highness danced herself with her sucker all of the way back to the truck and was asleep before we even got home!