We are a young family that sat down in 2013 and talked about what we wanted to do for ourselves and our children. After talking, we knew that we wanted our children to be outside in the country and to know where their food comes from. For many years before this, we grew pumpkins and a large garden. So, we decided to take it step further and grow some apple trees. Why not have a little fun! As my husband Brandon always says, "did you ever think that you would be doing this!"
As we start the orchard, this is who we are and what we do. Brandon works a full time job as a Process Technician and on many days comes home to go and work another full time job at the orchard. From March or April to November at the least, we work full time on the orchard. Myself (Jennifer), is a former Veterinary Technician and now I stay home with our children. Most days, that is a full time job itself as most stay at home parents will agree with. I also work on the paperwork and computer side of the orchard along with making a lot of stuff that is sold in our store. When I am not taking pictures to update everything, I am helping with planting, taking care of the animals, and helping with all the things that needs to be done at the orchard. You won't see many pictures of me because I am the one documenting our journey. Our oldest daughter Anala, is 9, and is a gentle soul who loves all the animals and likes to help make sure that they are taken care of. Many of the animals are her favorites and she will be more than happy to give you a personal tour. Aspyn is our middle child and is 5. We call her our wild child or free spirit. She has settled over the last year but you may see a few pictures on her wild days. Asher is our youngest and is 4. He has become one that needs the most supervision. He tries to help daddy as much as possible, even when daddy is not around, and has definitely become a little mini me to his dad.
As the title says "we are getting back to our roots and its all about the journey." We are trying to get back to our roots by trying to make a sustainable life for us and our children. Everyday life moves faster and faster, and it seems that everyone gets tangled up in a mess and they don't stop. We want t o enjoy what we do if the days are going to go by that fast. We also want to see the look on peoples faces as they are taking a moment out of their life to enjoy it.
Since 1987, The Leverenz Family has owned the land that the orchard is now on. In January of 2014, we ordered our first trees. In April of 2014, we broke ground and started to plant our first trees. That spring, we planted five hundred trees. Each year we add a few more and as of 2020 we have over 2300 trees.
Each year we plant thousands of pumpkin seeds. My husband likes to go over board and last year he planted almost 10,000 seeds! We have thousands of pumpkins to choose from and love to see everyone pick their favorite ones.
Now that our orchard was getting started, we needed to decide what other elements we wanted to have at the farm. One thing you must know about us, is that we do extensive research on everything that goes into our farm. Why I mention this, is that when we decided to start the orchard, it wasn't that we just ordered random apples, or when we decided to have chickens, that we didn't do our research on why it is good to eat eggs that we raised. So, it was important to us to raise our animals right. Please head on over to the farm animal section to learn more!
As we grow and expand on not just apple trees, pumpkins, vegetables, animals, and so on, keep checking back for out latest journey!