White House Fruit Farm is a fourth generation farm. Kim is from the third generation and began working on the farm as a young child. Her first job was folding baskets, which all farm children know leads to field work and beyond. After leaving the farm to get an education and raise a family, Kim returned to serve in various positions before choosing to grow the fall gift market. She presently manages the gift market and is busy developing yearly events on the farm.
Kim was first introduced to NAFDMA by Debbie Pifer, the farm market manager/owner. The energy, ideas, support, and openness of all the members, who are leaders in the industry, challenged her and set the course of growth for the fall gift market, as well as other areas on the farm. She believes we all benefit when we take an active role in the areas that enrich us personally and professionally. Serving as a board member allows her to give back to the association that has spurred that growth.
Jay Schwinn, Walter's Pumpkin Patch
In 2014 Schwinn Produce Farm LLC was honored to host the NAFDMA conference at their fourth generation family farm. Jay was immediately struck with the organization and more importantly its members. From that conference forward the desire to promote Agritourism has driven Jay to get involved. NAFDMA has proven time and time again that Agri-entrepreneurs of any size can benefit from this amazing group of forward-thinking individuals.
Jay currently manages The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm and in 2017 opened, with his cousin, a new Agritourism destination, Salt Creek Valley Agriventures LLC. Jay also serves as the Chair of the Kansas Agritourism Advisory Council and as a Commissioner of the Leavenworth Kansas Planning and Zoning board.
Amy Holmberg, Holmberg Orchards & Winery
Amy is Retail Manager and 4th generation family member at Holmberg Orchards & Winery, located in southeastern Connecticut. She plays an active role in the farm’s diversified retail operations, including Pick-Your-Own, Winery and a bustling year-round Farm Market and bakery. Amy also oversees HR and Marketing for the farm business as well. Additionally, she runs multiple large-scale farm events, most notably an annual Spring Festival that attracts thousands and includes a full farmer’s market, food trucks and features farm tours and winery tastings to kick off the season.
I believe organizations thrive on the participation of its members; we are best able to meet the needs of a group when it is consistently and diversely represented. I’ve pushed myself far outside my introverted comfort zone at past conferences to network with other members, and the reward has been great.
The lady in the tractor seat at McArthur Farms is Rebecca McArthur. She was born and raised in South Carolina. Rebecca is a graduate of Francis Marion University and FDTC with degrees in Biology and Nursing. The daughter of the late Lester and Clara McArthur, she is also the youngest of three children. Rebecca loves God, family, friends, the beach, and her animals. Working in agriculture and then the nursing field, she was faced with a decision … “Which career do you want to do?”… and from that point, McArthur Farms became a working dream. McArthur Farms is a 400-acre working farm with a farm market, bakery, catering services, and an agritourism farm. McArthur Farms specializes in small fruit/ vegetables and berry production as well as traditional row crops including corn, cotton, and soybeans. “My first NAFDMA conference was in Pennsylvania with 2 blizzards. It was the BEST money I spent for my farm.” Rebecca has attended each conference since then. “NAFDMA has allowed me to meet and make friends who are more like family. I could never repay this organization for the value it has provided me and my farm!”