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Hunter Family Farms
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Meet the Local Family Behind Hunter Family Farms 
November 16, 2023

OROVILLE, CA - Today we got the chance to meet up with one of the family members from one of our local farms,  Hunter Family Farms.  For those of you new to the area, this family farm was established in 2011 but didnt start offering products to the community until 2023.  This farm provides fresh fruit, vegetables, farm fresh eggs all seasonally and they can also provide you with information regarding essential oils and reducing the toxins in your daily life.  Join us as we sit down for a friendly chat with the matriarch of the family, Jennifer Hunter.

As I make my way to my interview, I travel down a dusty gravel road in Thermalito and there on the left, almost to the end of the road, is my destination.  A small blue and white 50s style house sits behind a white washed adobe wall that is topped with black carriage lights and an old style school bell sits to one side. 


A nice fall breeze tugs at my linen shirt as I  exit my vehicle to ring the bell to the left of the black gate.  It is a beautiful day to be outside and I can hear the silence you only get out in the country.  You can hear several varieties of birds as they call to one another.  I ring the bell.  As I wait at the gate, I take a moment to survey my surroundings.  Behinds me is a large field and just past the last house is another field.  I can hear the distant hum of traffic to the south of me but it almost blends into the background as a white noise.  It is quiet and peaceful here.  Slowly, quietly the gate before me begins to open.


I walk through the open gate to find a large chicken yard and coop to my right , which is painted to match the house and the barn I see further back on the property.  These chickens are unlike the ones you see normally. There are some white ones with a light dusting of black feathers, Gray ones with a peach like color neck and head with brown wings.  There is such a variety of colors to be found on these hens.  As I ponder these lovely birds, a small 50ish woman steps from behind the coop, "They are known as Easter Eggers" she says as she approaches "Hello, I am Jennifer, welcome to our farm."  Before me stands a fit but small woman, she can't be over 5'3", in a light rose colored knee length dress and white cardigan.  Her graying hair is pulled back neatly into a bun and in her gloved hand is a basket of lightly colored eggs.  "Why don't you come with me while I put these away, and then we can sit and chat."  
  



If you are not a fisherman or avid boater then you most likely learned about the small town of Oroville, CA during February 2017 when the spillway located at Oroville Dam was damaged and then a few days later the emergency spillway was also damaged and everyone downstream of the dam was evacuated. 

However, there are many beautiful things to see around the town of Oroville, for example the photo on
the left shows beautiful Table Mountain.
  
After returning with a warm beverage for the two of us,  we are seated in a lovely sitting area on the North side of the property.  "My family bought this property in April 2011 with the dreams of multi-generational living and having a self-sustaining lifestyle" Jennifer continues.  When we bought the property it was a foreclosure and a complete mess but we saw the potential in the property."  As I gaze down the driveway I can see several fruit trees and vines and inquire as to what they offer the community.  It seems that the family has taken the original fruit trees and multiplied them so they now have several types of plums, peaches, olives, blueberries, pecans, almonds, apples, apricots, grapes, berries and pomegranates on the property - a variable orchard.

After returning with a warm beverage for the two of us, we are seated in a lovely sitting area on the North side of the property.  "My family bought this property in April 2011 with the dreams of multi-generational living and having a self-sustaining lifestyle" Jennifer continues.  When we bought the property it was a foreclosure and a complete mess but we saw the potential in the property."  As I gaze down the driveway I can see several fruit trees and vines and inquire as to what they offer the community.  It seems that the family has taken the original fruit trees and multiplied them so they now have several types of plums, peaches, olives, blueberries, pecans, almonds, apples, apricots, grapes, berries and pomegranates on the property - a variable orchard. 

​We decide to tour the property while we talk.  Around the other side of the house is a blue barn that I was able to see from the street and to the far right of that is the back field beyond the orchard.  "Are you an animal person?" Jennifer asks softly.  As we continue our stroll I can see a pen located in the back field alongside several garden beds.  "This is our garden to the North and in the pen is Wilber and Henry; they are our pigs and the master gardeners."  She states while pointing at each area.  "And over there behind the trees is the creek and the apiary". We are pretty fortunate with the things we have."