Steve and Tom Church

Church Brothers & True Leaf Farms
“The produce business is hard work. Tom and I learned our work ethic in the lettuce fields as teenagers. Our mom would fix us three salami sandwiches each for lunch and they were usually consumed before noon. We worked with Oaxacan Indians from Mexico who were part of the Bracero program (similar to today’s H2A guest worker program). They were hard-working people who made sure Tom and I kept up with their fast pace. Work ethic, we learned it, we kept it, and still embrace it today at our companies, Church Brothers and True Leaf Farms.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”