Taking The Plunge To Become A Farmer

My siblings and I spent our childhood summers learning the art of farming from my mother, Ruthie McAlexander. She herself had grown up in Parkdale, OR on the orchard her Swiss parents, my grandparents, bought in the early 1940s, and delighted in passing her training and knowledge down to us. I always knew that I wanted to be the one to carry on the family tradition and make Mt. View Orchards a successful legacy farm.


Hospitality and generosity are two of the biggest core values for my family and our farm. It’s our tradition to open up our farm like a large living room and invite family, friends, and visitors to come “taste and see” the abundance of our harvests. New and old customers alike get to enjoy
the special and deeply satisfying experience of tasting the sweetest, flavor-packed fruit picked right off the trees, while getting to know
the people who put so much love and care into raising it.

Girl Looking Down
Fruit Stand


With small family farms on the decline, I am committed to doing my part to uphold this crucial component of our local economy by continuing to raise affordable fruit of the highest quality, building relationships with our customers, making visits to Mt. View fun and unforgettable, innovating fresh and delicious recipes and products, and more. I am also inviting old and new friends to follow my blog, The Grateful Farmer, where I am chronicling all aspects of my wonderful, hilarious, challenging, overwhelming, and heartfelt farming adventure.