Fangboner Farms

Izabella West on Farm Living

Izabella West on Farm Living

This is Erin Holden with Fangboner Farms, and I'm here with Izabella West. She is the daughter of the Farm's CEO, Elizabeth Richardson, and she's going to tell us a few things about what it was like growing up around the farm. Hi, Izabella! How are you?
I'm good!

Thank you for being with us today. So, how about you tell me some of your earliest memories of Fangboner Farms. I know you're 11 years old now, so you've probably been around the farm for a long time, right?

So what are some of your earliest memories of the farm?
My earliest memories are picking fruits with my grandpa and my mom, and planting seeds for plants and flowers.

Did you always enjoy doing that?
Yeah, it was always fun.

I bet that was a fun way to hang out with your grandpa too.

Don't you sometimes sell lemonade during the summers? Yes. It was my idea. I saw the lemonade in a little cookbook, and I thought it would be fun to make.

I saw recently that you got a key to the farm's general store. Tell me about what that was like. It was so cool! I asked my mom, like, a month or two before if I could have a key and she said, "Wait till you get older." And then on Christmas I saw a little scavenger hunt next to my bed, and then when I completed it, the key was in my closet.

What a good way to get the key. So, since you got the key, do you help your mom and grandpa even more with taking care of Fangboner Farms?
I help my mom collect the orders with my key because I open the shop most of the time. I help my mom bag and bead the tea, and then we package it up, and we do that with the spices. I make tea mixes, and I help them make Lemon Loafs.

That's a family recipe, right? Yes.

What is your favorite of the teas that you helped make? My favorite is the chamomile/lemongrass/pear.

When you get older, would you like to be even more involved with the farm? Yes.

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. I think our listeners and readers will really like to hear from you about all the cool stuff that you get to do at the farm. You're welcome!

Chats with Liz: How One Young Entrepreneur Took on the Family Business

Chats with Liz: How One Young Entrepreneur Took on the Family Business

If you've been a Fangboner Farms customer for quite a while, you may have noticed a changing of the guard, so to speak, in recent years. We did a brief interview with our local farm's CEO, Elizabeth Richardson, to get a bit of history on that.

What was it like deciding to take over the family business? It was unexpected. Because I'd put my two weeks notice in at Banana Republic to step down and leave the company as assistant manager and go into the fashion and personal stylist business.

When my dad [Roland Richardson] called me and told me he actually wanted me to  take over the business, it was perfect timing. I wasn't scared. I think with everything going on already with my profession, it was divine intervention. It also gave me a  bit of a break, because what I was doing was finishing my Executive MBA and traveling at the time. I had gone to South America and New York and Denver... and then in those two months, I took over as CEO of the farm. That was between September and December of 2018.

What made Roland want to pass the business down to you at that particular time? I've never really asked him that, but I always thought it was because he was doing so much with MP & Son Landscaping, and he thought, since I'd just finished my business degree, that I'd do a good job!