Mountain View Orchards
Where is your farm located?
16045 Co. Rd 29
Jemison, Alabama 35085
What led you to become a farmer?
I started working with my wife’s family while I was in college. We eventually married, and I have been in agriculture ever since.
What do you grow?
Our main crop we grow on the farm is peaches. We grow strawberries to help extend our season in the spring, and we added apples to extend our season in the fall. This year we are adding a concession trailer to offer ice cream and fresh fruits, smoothies, and a few baked goods.
What's unique about your crops?
Our farm is unique in that we are the highest location in our county. The soil we have is a sandy loam which has clay and rock. We don’t have to irrigate as much as the southern part of the county, and our tree life is much better.
We believe our management practices help us to grow some of the best quality fruits available.
Can you elaborate on your practices?
Management practices are key to being successful. One example that I will give you is orchard floor management. Our family at one time had 300 acres of peaches and now we have downsized to 50 acres of production. We are able to have a hands-on approach to managing the farm. We actually have the time to focus on the little details. Managing our orchard floor helps us to have less disease and bacteria issues in our crops during harvest season. In addition, keeping a manicured orchard floor helps us during spring freezes. An orchard floor that is well manicured can be 4 degrees warmer during a freeze as opposed to an orchard that hasn’t been.
What has been your best memory or day thus far in farming?
One of my best days on the farm is during the spring. It’s awesome to watch God’s glory being shown daily as I watch the peach buds grow and bloom.
And your worst?
I would say one of the worst days is when you have worked 10 hour days for months and a summer thunderstorm pops up a couple days prior to harvesting our fruit and the storm has hail in it. The hail will damage all of the fruit.
Where can people find your products?
We sell our products at the farm. Starting April 3, we will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.. We also have them for sale at Petals from the Past. We ship our fruit to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
What's your hobby outside of farming?
Outside of work I like to serve at my local church.
I also like anything sports related. I was a scholar tennis athlete while I attended Huntington College. I like to hunt and fish. We have a lake on the farm stocked with bass and bream. Our family's three houses are situated around it. I spend a lot of my time with my wife and our three daughters.