Beverly Walker and Brett Walker, Cove Crest Farm and Winery, Shasta County
Mother and son team Beverley and Brett Walker, originally from South Africa, came together at Cove Crest Farm after decades of experience as entrepreneurs in unrelated enterprises. Beverly and her husband had purchased the 22-acre Cove Crest Farm more than 20 years ago. Cove Crest Farm also specializes in certified organic wine grapes, wine production, and organic berries and mixed vegetables. FarmLink helped with its refinancing, and in 2016 also helped with the purchase of Cove Woods on forty adjacent acres. It was FarmLink’s first land deal that combined succession planning and a financing. The expansion now allows the mother and son team, and their spouses, to realize their vision of diversifying revenue by bringing people to the farm for events and farmstays.
Brett Walker had worked in interior design, and started honing his farm skills in 2011. Cove Crest Farm had been well known at local farmers’’ markets since previous owners have had a presence selling organic produce and handcrafted wine. Now Brett is maintaining the farm’s good reputation and customer base that values their leafy greens and lettuce. The Walkers can maintain that niche by growing crops with a unique advantage due to the farm’s altitude and shaded areas that enable them to grow cool-season crops for longer periods than many other farms in the region.