Our Story: Mulberry Family Tree
Our namesake has been crowned the second largest, living (this is a winter pic), Mulberry tree in the nation! Mark & Karen may have started this farm in 1989 and opened their greenhouse doors in 1995, but BOTH of their family’s agricultural roots date back several generations to Germany.
Mark's Mini Talk
Mark Langan is the artistic, organic grower, but he is the major force behind the construction and maintenance of every greenhouse. Born in Germany, raised in California and Washington, he earned a BS horticultural degree from WSU after becoming the youngest “WA State Certified Nurseryman.” Mark trained with the master growers in Germany and Italy, before settling in Ohio.
Ben in Germany
Ben Langan, eldest son of Mark & Karen, has helped in the greenhouse and gardens since about the age of eight. Today, he is earning business, world politics, and history degrees at Kent State University. His year long study abroad in Germany will add an international business degree.
Josh On Atv
Josh Langan, like his older brother, helped from an early age, drawn to repairing and assembling equipment in the greenhouse. His ‘68 Mustang is the culmination of several summers of work. He will study high performance tehnology at UNOH- building and driving race cars.
Karen and her boys
Karen Hemminger Langan leads the retail/marketing team, though her OSU degrees are in greenhouse and laboratory science. As office manager, she answers each and every email and is often on the other end of your phone call. She traded in her love of drawing for writing, so while Mark injects the high brow horticultural facts into our annual catalog, Karen polishes with flowery and VERY humorous verbage.
Dad on Tractor
Melba & Robert Hemminger raised eight, college educated kids (Karen was last) on a sole income of farming. Mom created over 30K meals, with minutes-from-the-garden or canned (by her), organic vegetables. Dad saw farming change from work horses to horsepower and was never far from his JD.
Helga & Joseph Langan instilled a strong work ethic in Mark, the eldest of five children. Extraordinary creativity was a gift Mark inherited from dad, who cultivated an ornamental and fruitful yard, after work until dark. Mom continues their work and visits to toil for and attend our herb fair.
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