Hello, I’m Ashley, the youngest of the Bear kids and the only daughter. I have been around gourds my entire life. Most of my life I have been part of the seasonal farm crew which included pollinating, picking gourds and sorting gourds. I have been helping out on the farm crew as long as I can remember. I have been my dad’s sidekick for many summers helping out with odd jobs in the gourd fields. My senior year of high school was the first time I started helping my dad design gourds for the upcoming years. Since then I have gone away to college for two years for a completely different career path but I have realized that I will always want to be apart of Meadowbrooke Gourds. I now work as the main quality control person who touches every gourd and inspects it before it is packed away in storage. I get to help decide which gourds are number ones and which ones are “oops”. I am also part of the team that makes decision on what product goes into the catalog. My next goal is to begin training to become the next gourd farmer.