TOO GOOD TO PASS UP: Mark and Betty Garrison flank Joseph Gouveia and Rhonda Shumaker
, who will be buying the blueberry farm they built on Rocky Point Avenue on Warwick Neck.
And Joseph Gouveia, who retired in May as an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Rhonda Shumaker weren't thinking blueberries would play a role in their later years.
Gouveia and Shumaker
have a sales agreement for the property that includes the Rocky Point Farm, the house the Garrisons designed and built, and, as Joe reminded Mark on Saturday, the John Deere tractor.
Meanwhile, without that agreement, which depreciates the value of the property, Joe and Rhonda
could have never considered buying the farm.
The typical course is six acres and Joe and Rhonda
turned to a search of farmland in hopes of bringing the sport to either Rhode Island or Connecticut.
"It got us thinking," says Rhonda
, "it would be perfect."
Joe and Rhonda
were introduced to the farm in stages.
, who has the green thumb in the couple, isn't put off by the prospects of all that needs to be done.
They intend to fully operate the business next year.
"We're very hard workers," she
Rhonda, who is executive director of the South County Art Association, plans to retire soon to assume her role as farmer.
has been with the art association for 13 years.
and Joe, both of whom were previously married and have been together now for nine years, aren't sure how their lives will change other than they will be living here.
Joe and Rhonda
appear undaunted by what they are about to take on.
@C_Cutline:TOO GOOD TO PASS UP: Mark and Betty Garrison flank Joseph Gouveia and Rhonda Shumaker
, who will be buying the blueberry farm they built on Rocky Point Avenue on Warwick Neck. (Warwick Beacon photo)