Gayle Betzner Beaudoin

Profile Updated: August 2, 2012
Gayle Betzner
Residing In: Vancouver, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Joe Beaudoin
Web Page/Facebook Page joesplacefarms.com
Occupation: Farmer I'm Mrs Joe of Joe's Place Farms
Children: Michelle born 1962 Scott born 1963 David born 1965
Dani born 1966 Michael born 1968 Andy born More…1970
Nicki born 1976
All 11 grandkids live in the area and learn about the real world by working in our "on farm market"

As of July 2, 2010, we are now the proud grandparents of a new grandson. Carson is the first baby for our youngest daughter, Nichole and her husband Rod. Hope we are still farming when he is old enough to be a part of the farm business. There are now 6 grandsons, Adam 26, Garrett 21, Kenny 20, Travis 17, Westyn 11, and Carson 6 wks. We also have 6 grandaughters, Lauren 24, Kerri 21, Shelby 20, Gabby 18, Allie 15, and Madyson 13.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Grade school attended

Ockley Green

Places lived

I was born and raised in Portland, OR and moved to Vancouver the day I got married and have lived here almost 48 years.

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As you can see by the number of children we have, life has been rather hectic to say the least. We started the farm in 1974 while my husband was still the buyer & manager for Sparks Home Furnishings in Vanc. The kids and I ran the farm with help from Joe on the weekends until his retirement from Sparks in 1991. We now farm 85+ acres in the city limits, have a retail market, bakery, creperie on Saturdays during the summer & fall, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, make our own cider, applesauce, jams & jellies for sale in our store, as well as the fruit and vegetables we grow.

We are now at war with the city of Vancouver over the proposed widening of NE 18th St, where most of our farm fields are located. If the project is approved as proposed it would mean an end to our business due to land acquisition. Wish us luck! We don't believe in the old adage "you can't fight city hall" We're doing it!

Guess what - you can fight city hall and somewhat win. We were going to be taken to condemnation court so we decided to sell to the city. They gave us an offer that was laughable but, after a few months we wore them down and got our asking price for the first 800 ft. of Phase 1A of their project. Since the city is out of money, we have a few years, or until the economy will support the rest of Phase 1, to continue to farm and u-pick along NE 18th St.