Historic Hood River
Kollas Family Century Farm
Here’s another Century Farm citation:
The Kollas farm was started in 1894 by Phillip Wilhelm and Maria Gehrig Kollas. Of their four boys only Alphonse continued farming. Alphonse Jr. (Bud) (decesased) and his wife, Betty, continued with the farm. Now their daughhter, Michelle, and her husband, Jose Calderon continue to grow fruit. There is the hope that one of their children will carry on in later year. They grow pears, apples and cherries with peaches, nectarines and plums for Farmers Markets. Bud planted a few apricots for Betty to enjoy.
Left to right: Raquel Calderon, Gabby Calderon, Kieth Kollas, Betty Kollas, Ana Calderon, Jose Calderon, Michelle Kollas Calderon, Vicente Calderon.
“You raise the best fruit you can for the least money and hope to have something left over for yourself.” Quote by Michelle from her grandfather, Alphonse.