Owners Jason & Aleesha Bartelt and their family.
Our farm story starts out in town – not a good beginning for a farm story. When we got married it was our desire to eventually move to an acreage or small farm in the country. In 2014 we needed to make a move – desperately. We had expanded to a family of eight living in a small, three-bedroom house. We had been looking for a few years and could not find a place in the country in the areas we were desiring. So, we took a leap of faith and prayed that if God were to find us a buyer for our house, He would also find us a place to move to. And God did provide. In 2015 we got more than we dreamed of when we bought Ron’s Berry Farm -- which as of 2020 is called Bear Creek Farm. We fell in love with the property. The stream (Bear Creek) running through the pasture, the rolling hills, the ponds, the fertile soil and all the possibilities. The place even came with a house, which was good, because we would need shelter. Our family has continued to grow and we have all loved being in the country and on a farm. Our farming philosophy is simple. We want to treat the land right so that it treats us right with nutritious food that we do not have to worry about what is on or in it. So growing food organically was a must. However, we are not certified organic. Why not? Beside the large expense it would be for the small crops that we grow (not practical), it is also a deceptive title. People think certified organic equals naturally raised and chemical free. That is not the case. There are many chemicals that meet the certified organic standards which are not healthy for you and that we would not want to knowingly put on the food we are going to serve our family. So, we have chosen to go better than organic – that is, we do not use pesticides or herbicides and we only put organically based fertilizers onto our crops.