OXNARD HISTORIC FARM PARK FOUNDATION
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Jacob and Doretta Kohler Maulhardt family 1893
Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt
Jeff is a fifth generation descendent of the Jacob Maulhardt & Doretta Kohler and the Johannes Borchard & Elizabeth Schwedhelm families. Both families are German immigrants to America. It was the marriage of their children, Louis Maulhardt & Theresa Borchard that brought the two pioneer families together.
Jacob was the brother to Gottfried Maulhardt, who traveled with the Christian Borchard family to this area in 1867. They were among the farmers who planted the first commercial crop, barley, on the Oxnard Plain. Jacob worked his way down the coast and joined his brother in 1869. Jacob, Gottfried and Johannes Borchard leased 1240 acres from Juan Camarillo, who purchased the land from original La Colonia land grantee Rafael Gonzalez. By 1872, Jacob, Gottfried and Johannes bought the 1240 acres for $10 an acre. The Oxnard Historic Farm Park is located on a portion of this original land. The first house they lived in is also a part of the Farm Park.
Jeff taught at Driffill Elementary and Robert J. Frank Intermediate School in Oxnard. He has also authored 16 local books.
Jim joined us as a Master Gardener in 2016. Jim was instrumental in installing the Chumash Native Garden we created. He was persistent in getting our signage for the native plants. In addition Jim has helped maintain our Crops of the Past including planting of sugar beets, lima beans and corn. Jim, along with another volunteer David Young, have transformed our zinfandel grapevines into a thriving vineyard. You can count and seeing Jim at the Farm Park every Tuesday making the site beautiful for the public.
Terry Ball has been with the Farm Park as a volunteer since 2018 as a member of the Ventura County Master Gardeners. Terry had a long career in banking and has taken on the duties of Treasurer. Terry's other interests are golf and traveling with her husband Tom.