Our Story

Blackberry Ridge began with a dream around 2010. Michele and I were walking around our neighborhood discussing our intention to buy several acres and build a house.

However, we were starting to realize the benefits of the relationships we had built in our current neighborhood. I remember where I was when the questions arose inside of me. What if we didn’t have to choose? What if we could have both community and nature in the same place?

by Keith Tencleve

Dreaming Big

This dream brewed inside us for several years. When we finally started telling friends, everyone repeatedly affirmed the still developing vision. Inevitably, they would ask – is it even possible? I started studying how it could feasibly work from both an engineering and financial perspective.

Breaking Ground

When we purchased this land in 2018, the land was really raw, so much so that it scared most other buyers away. Fortunately, AJ & Sara Neufeld had heard the vision enough where they were willing to partner with us in an adventure which has led to what you now know as Blackberry Ridge.

So what is with the blackberries?

Blackberries naturally grow in the undergrowth. They are thorny and wild yet also nurturing. On one of the first days Hudson and I were working on the land, I was tired and feeling overwhelmed when I spotted wild blackberries. After learning they were safe to eat (yes, they are), we found them incredibly nurturing.

Life is hard sometimes. Sometimes it is even overwhelming. Within our lives which are sometimes as messy as where the blackberry plant lives, we hope Blackberry Ridge is for you a place of nourishment similar to what those blackberries were to us that day.

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