We have determined that Bejan is the logician of the Victor Apple Farm. He prefers logician over the farm’s owner. He values being a steward of the orchards, rather than their holder. Adaptive and creative, Bejan figures things out, weaving pragmatism into prosperous vision.
Although he grew up on the farm, he remembers never feeling “adequate or skilled enough to run it.”
So much has changed!
Prior to taking over the farm in 2014, Bejan studied architecture, worked in real estate and construction, and managed his own rental properties. He even earned a degree in respiratory therapy and worked at Rochester General Hospital for two years prior to finding his way back to the farm. Each varied endeavor increased his confidence as he completed online agricultural courses through Cornell University and made plans to take over the enterprise he once felt too inadequate operate .
Central to Bejan’s quiet, humble manner are rare eclectic values, dreams, and persistence—which are the Apple Farm’s ability to thrive, despite catastrophe. If you haven’t read about the Apple Farm’s 2016 fire, please read about it here: Our Rebuilding Story.
His stewardship of the orchards breathes life into each season behind the scenes. The abundance of apple picking, between late August through early November, is the gift of everything he persevered during the cold season.
Throughout the “off-season,” tractors were repaired, trailers welded, woodchippers sharpened, motors replaced, and farm beams hoisted. At every restoration, Bejan is on standby, ready to get things up and running again.
But it’s not just about metal mechanics; he also builds authentic relationships with other apple farmers, a local hard cidery, large-scale land developers, and strong shouldered pruners and pickers.
All the while fostering supportive, loyal employees who devote their worktime to the Apple Farm’s vocation.
Though random deep-level repairs might drive others to give up, there is Bejan: in good humor and a gentle smile—with a funny clip from YouTube that puts growth into perspective, modeling for the rest of us: to go with the flow, just as Nature does.