About Us

 12200 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-8733 
"A visit to Crest Ranch is a wonderful family outing." - Fred Jensen

Louise has been involved in the operation of Crest Ranch since 1973, when her father Fred Jensen first purchased the tree farm. In January 2015, she purchased Crest Ranch from her father. Louise is a former teacher who enjoys the outdoors and the many activities it has to offer. Louise & her husband Ed now operate the farm. They are honored to be stewards of this incredible property, which will allow other families to continue their tree cutting tradition for years to come. You are sure to see them when you visit.

Read a A Brief History of Crest Ranch


Ben Gillum is Crest Ranch’s multi-talented grounds keeper and is educated in Agriculture/horticulture. He has over 15 years’ experience working as a horticulturist, arborist, landscaper, mechanic, as well as working with nurseries, golf courses and in landscape architecture. Ben specializes in & is passionate about organic and sustainable farming techniques and he has worked to implement these practices at Crest Ranch.
Throughout the year, Ben does an array of jobs including planting new seedlings and shearing the trees. He attends to the overall health of approximately 50,000 trees at various stages of growth on the farm and to the maintenance of our farm equipment and infrastructure.

In the recent CZU Lightning Fire Ben fought alongside firefighters' to save the structures of the farm. Ben has invested a lot into our farm, and we are forever grateful to have him be a part of our farmily. 

Ben is Louise's son-in-law & lives at the ranch with his wife Christy & their son.