After raising eight children (yes, he truly is a master at propagation), my dad returned to school and earned a degree from Cal Poly S.L.O. in crop science (he graduated Summa Cum Laude). He has donned many hats in his life, including flagman, house painter, pizza maker and teacher, but today he is running his baby, emerisa gardens. Work and family come first for my dad and anyone that meets him can see that right away. It is his dedication and hard work that has made the nursery into what it is today. Starting with a two-acre nursery in 1990, hard work, long hours and a couple droplets of sweat and tears, have turned it into a 20-acre affair.
The nursery is enriched by his lifetime of experiences gathered from his birth on the Island of Java in Indonesia and living and growing up in Indonesia, Holland, Virginia and, eventually, California. Truly a family man, he named the nursery after his parents - Emerson and Marisa.