OUR TEAM

Valley Chestnuts landowner

Richard LANE

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.

 

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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 manages the website and online store for direct--to--consumer sales, handles marketing, and assists with harvest & processing.

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Ethan & Stacia GERST

Ethan and Stacia are excited to be involved in a family-oriented business and to one day involve their kids. Ethan's extensive experience with retail sales and social media marketing are valuable assets, and he's involved in all aspects of farm management as well.

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Athan & Emily MONCADA

Athan & Emily have recently returned to

Iowa to become further involved in the business and to start their family. Athan's business background and analytics know-how are being utilized, and he plays a key part in many aspects of the farm and business.

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Olivia & Thor HESTER

Olivia graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture, having specialized in fruit & vegetable production. Thor is also an Iowa State graduate and works as a process engineer. Together, they help build the business and keep our line running efficiently.

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Trevor GERST

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 enjoys working on the farm where he grew up.