Both Gary and I grew up in the farming and ranching community, and as children moved away from the farm. When we met and began dating, we agreed we wanted to raise our family in the country, teach them the value of hard work, and share our passion for growing and raising food with them. For years we built Mortimer Nursery and Landscaping, a business Gary started before we met (more information about plants and visiting), and searched for the perfect place to raise our family.
In 2003, we stumbled upon a ranch that checked all the boxes, and our search ended. The ranch was owned by an elderly woman who could no longer care for the ranch. At the time, she didn’t have anyone to pass the ranch onto and cut us a great deal with our promise to preserve open space, and raise cattle.
As our kiddos got a little older, I found myself in their classrooms, sharing the story of farming and ranching. Classroom visits evolved into field trips as we were able to invite their classes to our ranch, give them a tour, teach them about ranching, and show them where beef comes from. These experiences opened my eyes to a dream I didn’t know I had – teaching how food is grown and where it is grown. Just as my eyes were opened to this dream, the farm in Dewey became available, and a whole new possibility opened up in our lives.
Fast forward a couple of years, and here we are! To think our business plans began in our kiddo’s classrooms, teaching six-year-olds how to make homemade ice cream and where each ingredient came from.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to visit us. We love hosting you and hope your visit shares a glimpse of how food is grown and gives you the insight needed to know that the food you are feeding your kiddos is healthy and grown with passion! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our all-star guest services team if you have any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate you and can’t want to see you and your family soon!
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Gary Mortimer is both co-owner and co-founder of Mortimer Farms. He was born in Creston, Iowa, where his family farmed corn and soy beans. He and his mom, Karen, moved to Phoenix, Arizona to escape the cold winters of Iowa. As a high schooler, he worked for a landscaping business. They sent him to Prescott for a project and never came back. In 1996 he opened his landscaping and nursery business in Prescott that is still open today!
An entrepreneur by nature, Gary has started more successful small businesses than you could count on both hands, including Mortimer Nursery (a local garden and landscaping company), pivot irrigation, cattle AI services, and multiple other companies.
Gary is self-taught and dedicates time daily to expanding his knowledge in farming, ranching, and agriculture. Gary loves life with his four kiddos and is head-over-heels for Sharla, “the woman who makes him look good.
Sharla Mortimer is both co-owner and co-founder of Mortimer Farms. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up on a farm in the Harquahala Valley. She and her family moved to Prescott, Arizona, where she met Gary.
In 2010, Sharla decided to open the Country Store and planned the first Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze, bringing her passion for sharing the story of farming and wholesome family fun to the residents of Arizona in Dewey, Arizona. This emerging passion complimented Gary’s passion for growing food and raising beef, and together they began the experience guests enjoy today.
Sharla enjoys the differences each day brings, the chance to be creative while completing new projects, and thinking out of the box. She truly makes each task and project look effortless. By sharing the farming experience with the public, Sharla gives families clarity in knowing the food they are eating is healthy, safe, and nutritious!
Between running Mortimer Farms and Mortimer Nursery, Sharla enjoys life on the ranch and cooking family recipes in her kitchen. Above all, she loves being with her five kids.