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 is currently a farm manager at Walters' Pumpkin Patch in Burns , Kansas (Reader's Digest Best Pumpkin Patch in Kansas 2021). Jay is involved in many state and local agritourism organizations and enjoys promoting all aspects of agritourism.
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.
Scott DeBuck is the manager and owner of DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Belleville, Michigan. He is a third generation sod farmer and first generation in the agri-entertainment. The 550-acre farm includes 425 acres of sod farm and the sod business operates from March until December. Their agri-entertainment utilizes 125 acres which offers a 25 acre u-pick pumpkin patch , 13 acre u-pick sunflower patch, 5 acres of U-Pick Lavender, 13 acres of mazes, 17 acres of fun activities, donut bakery, and full kitchen. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. Scott has two young children and enjoys learning about the agri-entertainment business as well as teaching his own life experiences with others.
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Providing the tools and motivation to live your inspired life through wellness, yoga and the great outdoors. Deanna began her fitness career in 1985 instructing dance aerobics and continues to teach throughout the Midwest, Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica and India. She has since expanded her menu of services to include massage therapy, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, kettlebell, Zumba, and stand up paddle boarding. Her classes and coaching sessions take a holistic approach integrating the sciences of exercise physiology, Blue Mind and positive psychology. Deanna is based out of Cleveland, Ohio and spends the fall harvest season as Director of Fun at her family's farm, Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge, Iowa.
Doug is the 4th generation farmer at Waldoch Farm that celebrated its centennial in 2016. Waldoch Farm is a diverse organization with a Garden Center, U-Pick Produce Farm, Educational Barnyard, Sunflower Event as well as a Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. He started working full time at the family farm in 2008 after getting his higher education at University of Minnesota. There are many roles Doug has done and continues to do on the farm including assistant greenhouse grower, produce manager, beekeeper, marketing coordinator, and general manager. His first NAFDMA convention was in 2012 at Williamsburg, Virginia. This was the year after he started Waldoch Farm’s corn maze and he has not missed convention since.