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Desert Forest Tree Farm

Name: Stephen Perkins

Location: Maricopa, CA 

Type of Business:
Farming


What does your business do?
Our business will grow lumber and organic vegetables. Eventually we will start raising organic chickens.

When and why did you start the biz?
The business started 8/2015 and 160 acres were bought 6/2016. The business was started mostly for the environment and to give people a healthier choice on food. The lumber being grown is the Empress tree and the leaves give out almost 3 times the oxygen as regular pines.

How Many People are in your Company?
5

Where's your office?
Right now the office is located at 805 Tulare Street Maricopa California but within 4 months we will be moving it to Blythe California to be closer to the farm.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part of the business is getting the word out, that you're in business and this is where a grant will come in handy for a computer and someone to help us build a web site. Of course we will need other working capital for farm equipment, living arrangements for us and the farm manager along with 2-ATV's and a company pick up truck.

What's the most fun part?
I would have to say that it's a very good feeling knowing that you're helping the eco system and people by growing organic food with no pesticides and growing trees that put out such an abundance of oxygen for the environment.

Anything you would have done differently?
At the present time I would say that there is nothing that I wouldn't have done different

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
We are looking at a property that is adjoining to ours and we would like to expand to raising organic poultry and fish. The fish would be used mostly for aquaponics for growing the organic vegetables. Aquaponics is a healthier way to grow food for people and the environment.

What advice do you have for others?
My advice is to never let people discourage you from your dreams. If you want to start your own business and you are around people that say you can't do that, than get rid of those people and go after your dream. Will you make mistakes? Of course you will, but that's how you learn. As long as you're moving in the direction you want to go you are on track.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I'm hoping to use idea café to either get a grant to help get my business in a better place or perhaps someone will come along and reach out to me and let me know that they can get me some kind of farm equipment, ATV, Company Truck or something else to help my business grow.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
L. A. Valley College

Prior jobs or business?
Perkins Music Production

Favorite Food?
Vegetables (vegetarian)

What are your pets' names?
Dau Dau, Bappy, Shorty, Baby and LB.

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
No just part of the family

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
A few people #1. My father who always believed in me even as a little kid. Later in years I started listening to my favorite guru's Zig Zigalar and Brian Tracy.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Though he's no longer alive it would be my Father.

Contact Info:
Stephen Perkins
805 Tulare Street
Maricopa, CA 93252
661-932-5731
stephenperkins2000@gmail.com


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