His vision is simple: leave behind something that enables his family to make a living together. Not only does he contribute the vision, the land, and the opportunity;
he is currently the primary manager of the chestnut orchard as well. Using many years' experience in steel fabrication, he's designed and set up a custom processing line that includes a chestnut sizer, washer, and many other components.
Jeff & Leanne ALLEN
Jeff oversees the business side of things and most of the day-to-day operations. He also manages the finances, keeps records on every chestnut tree, develops plans and projections, and has a spreadsheet for pretty much everything. Leanne is responsible for the website and, along with Jeff, manages the online store for direct--to--consumer sales.
Ethan and Stacia are excited to be involved in a family-oriented business and to one day involve their kids, Rhett & Mara. Ethan's extensive experience with retail sales and social media marketing are valuable
assets for Valley Chestnuts.
Caleb & Jessica GERST
Caleb & Jessica will return to the area in 2021, once Caleb fulfills his commitment to the U.S. Marine Corp. He sees himself working in orchard management and possibly retail sales,
but his adaptability and discipline will serve us well in a variety of ways.
Trevor is involved in the planting and care of our chestnut trees and acreage, helping with mowing, spraying, record-keeping, and a number of other tasks. He looks forward to living and working on the family farm.
Ethan & Stacia GERST
Olivia graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture. Her specialized studies and hands-on experience in fruit & vegetable production, large-scale research, and food safety will be great resources for Valley Chestnuts.