Brad Swanger runs the day-to-day operation and is the face you’ll always see at local farmers markets. Aid comes from his wife, who on the weekends spends her days pollinating tomato plants, watering asparagus, and shooing the rabbits away from the young melons.
Brad has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. He owned and managed the Soup and Sandwich Place on Lake Elsinore, known for its scratch-made soups. Later, as a card-carrying PGA Golf Professional for twelve years, he taught people of all ages how to play golf, and has managed golf courses, including course maintenance, for multiple venues in Palm Springs, CA. He conceived and built a powerhouse, family-run Internet business—Professional Golf Services—driven by sixty inter-connected web sites that helped his customers book golf travel packages to twenty-plus destinations across the United States.
It was as a golf pro that Brad came to love horticulture. Recovery from a brain tumor in 2008 sent him in search of a satisfying yet low-stress venture, and he stumbled across hydroponic gardening. The back yard became his testing ground in 2009, and Nopah 5, LLC was established in May 2010. The business acquired a five-acre plot of land in Sandy Valley, and Nopah Springs was certified by the Nevada Department of Agriculture in 2011.
In his spare time he feeds a bevy of fifty or so doves and other birds each day, builds birdhouses, and chats with pet bird Mildred who has an impressive vocabulary of words and phrases. He takes his grass clippings to the horses next door, and woos the ladies at the senior center on Thursdays when he bikes down for donuts. He makes great salsa and never goes to bed without dessert.
Cae (pronounced almost like "Kay") has a corporate background, currently serving as the Chief Information Officer for the western division of a major healthcare company. Weekends and holidays find Cae’s alter ego at the farm—which she fondly refers to as Brad’s man cave—trading in her properly-coifed-and-suited business image for overalls and a floppy hat over untamed curls. She loves grazing the farm for lunch on Saturdays, and otherwise, happily eats peanut butter on the rare occasion Brad has not cooked.
Brad and Cae are committed to consuming and offering high-quality, honest-to-goodness food.