Our Team

Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt, Owners

Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt, Owners

Suzanne is a third generation Californian, and a chosen Oregonian. Born in Santa Cruz, she spent her younger years in Idaho’s Sawthooth Mountains and near Yosemite, later moving to Eureka/Arcata and the Pacific Ocean.  Open vistas with mountains and forests call to her.

Lanita was born in the Texas High Plains with the vast horizon in all directions, a dark star- filled sky, and a vegetable garden.  Her family roots were in German homestead farms in South Texas. Higher education included undergraduate at Texas Woman’s University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, UCLA Hospitals and Clinics Residency in OB and Gyn,  and a house building course in Bath, Maine.

Suzanne and Lanita met in 1979 and in 1984 searched out a place in a rural environment – not too deep in the woods, with a good school for their daughter Brooke. The 445 acres that is the land of Willow-Witt Ranch, and now the home of The Crest, met those needs and more. Suzanne and Lanita learned about forest health and resilience through the Master Forest Manager course at OSU Extension in their first years on the ranch. Since 1985, they have focused on restoring balanced working forests and wetlands, and improving wildlife habitat. They are committed to land conservation, restoration, and regenerative organic agriculture.
Tim Nohr

Tim Nohr

Originally from Wisconsin, Tim Nohr began working at a Century Farm at fifteen tending sweet corn, strawberries, raspberries, and soybeans. Upon graduation from UW-Madison in 2000 he moved to Ashland that same year, found and fell in love with Willow-Witt Ranch in 2006, and worked to assist with the development of the ranch enterprises through 2012 by drawing upon OSU-Small Farms Extension’s diverse class offerings. After some time away spent managing local businesses and raising two animal-loving daughters with his wife, Tim returned to work at the ranch in August 2020 and currently enjoys morning goat-milking, sharing this dynamic ranch with guests, and maintaining the equipment. He is looking forward to gaining experience planting a variety of organic produce this spring.
Daniel Collay

Daniel Collay

Daniel Collay grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Eugene. There he gained an early appreciation for farming and the environment. In high school he enrolled in the Rachel Carson Environmental Science Academy where he learned broad sustainability concepts, practical restoration skills, and became a certified master recycler. He followed his passion for the environment into college, graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. During his studies, he learned about sustainable development, food systems, and environmental policy. For his Capstone, he designed, created, and implemented a botanical tour showcasing trees on campus. Daniel grew his farming knowledge while interning with the Berggren Demonstration Farm in Springfield Oregon. He also was Trip Leader for the SOU Outdoor Program in college.

After starting in January of 2018 he has found a lot to love here at the ranch. The land seems to offer endless opportunities to support the community, not only with the bounty of food but also with its wealth of knowledge, history, and beauty. He thinks the work here is an excellent way to grow his love of farming, environmental education, and leadership.
Laurel Cheever

Laurel Cheever

Laurel Cheever is an AmeriCorps member serving since September 2020 as the Environmental Education Coordinator with The Crest at Willow Witt. Laurel is busy building, supporting and running the Crest's education and volunteer programs up at the beautiful Willow-Witt Ranch. She is deeply in love with Southern Oregon and its ecology and she is excited to contribute to the Environmental Education community in the Rogue Valley. In her free time, Laurel likes to garden, bake bread and wander around the Siskiyous.
Robbie G

Robbie G

Robbie Grieco grew up in Los Angeles but has spent the last 8 years living here in the PNW with a brief stint in Wyoming and New Hampshire. After spending several years working as a long term volunteer and then an Americorps member Robbie started with the ranch back in August 2020. He spends most of his time on the ranch feeding and caring for the animals and then working on projects as they arise.
Jordan Beaver

Jordan Beaver

Jordan Beaver grew up in SW Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, but has lived in Southern Oregon for several years. His duties on the ranch since summer 2020 include caring for animals, planting and maintaining the vegetable garden, and tending to the needs of our farmstay guests. In the future, Jordan looks forward to working more closely with our non-profit, The Crest, as an outdoor educator. Working on a ranch requires a lot of flexibility. There are processes in place to streamline operations, however, with so many variables there are constant changes to adapt to.

locally raised meat, eggs and dairy products
Willow-Witt Ranch is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of a unique ecosystem in the Southern Cascades, and the headwaters, wetlands, and forests that arise there. We provide education on the values of ecology and of the complex web of food and environment by operating a small certified organic farm and Farm Stay accommodations for a unique agritourism experience.
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Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Willow-Witt Ranch

658 Shale City Road
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 890-1998
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