OUR TEAM

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.

 

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 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 looks forward to living and working on the family farm.

Ethan & Stacia GERST

Athan & Emily MONCADA

Athan & Emily have recently returned to

Iowa to become further involved in the family business. Athan's business background and analytics know-how are being utilized, and Emily is assisting with social media. They're excited to collaborate with family.

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Olivia ALLEN

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.