Zach Whitten was part of the fifth generation of his family to live on the family place at Whittenberg, and he grew up playing on the same ground that his father and grandfather did. He and his wife, Hannah, married in 2003 and moved back out to Whittenberg in 2004, buying a one-acre parcel adjacent to the original family land. Zach and Hannah have five kids (since the family photo was taken, we've added #5, in August 2012), who are part of the sixth generation to live there.
Family is at the heart of what Whittenberg Farms is about. We want to work together as a family. We want our kids to have the experience of growing up on a farm. We want to take care of the land that is a family heritage. We want to provide a place for the extended family to come back to for holidays and recreation. We want to nuture relationships with our neighbors and customers, an "extended family" about us.
Family is also at the heart of the other family business, which is Whittenberg Country School, a private, one-room school that currently serves about a dozen local families, with students in grades 1-6 (and, eventually, 1-8). Started in the fall of 2011, WCS makes use of the ranch for both education and recreation.