Harvesting Family Fun at Nash Ranch
10/01/2006 10:11AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett
Pumpkins, gourds and a petting zoo bring families from around the North State to Nash Ranch, host of the legendary five-acre corn maze. Situated on over 200 treed acres, the farm offers a 25-acre pumpkin patch loaded with a variety of hardy pumpkins ready for carving. Family-owned and operated, Nash Ranch is one of the longest-running working farms in Redding.
A highlight at the farm is the corn maze, which is designed and cut by owner Bob Nash with the help of his son Louis, 17. Not only can one attempt to navigate the maze in the daylight, but moonlit escapes are available Friday and Saturday evenings.
Local non-profit organizations benefit from the generosity of the Nash family who give back to the community in a big way. All the weekend carnival rides, food concessions, and activities are run by local non-profit organizations. “We give almost all of it back to the community,” said Mary Nash, “Local schools collect the $1 parking donation directly. We don’t even know how much they make,” she added. All the proceeds from the food concessions and a portion of the corn maze earnings are
donated to non-profits in the community benefiting local schools and organizations such as the Boy Scouts. The Shasta County 4-H club operates the petting zoo and donations are pooled for 4-H scholarships.
Bring mom, dad and the kids and feast your eyes on Nature’s harvest. With fun for the entire family, a trip to the farm offers a range of activities and plenty of pumpkins. In addition to fields of pumpkins, Nash Ranch offers private parties and dinners by reservation.
Open the first week in October daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nash Ranch is located at 10925 Old Oregon Trail in Redding just off Hwy 299 E south of Shasta College. For more information call Bob or Mary Nash at 530-241-0763.