Jonathan Fulford grew up fishing in ponds and tromping through woods. His Dad was a teacher and his Mom raised their 6 kids. Some of his favorite memories are visiting his grandparents’ dairy farm where they raised cows, pigs, and potatoes. Jonathan started working at the age of 8 with a paper route, babysitting, and mowing lawns earning enough money to buy his first Mitchell 300 fishing reel. As a teenager, Jonathan was drawn to the farming life of his grandparents, working on dairy farms, orchards and as a carpenter.
After graduating high school, he started a vegetable farm and fruit tree nursery with his brother in Monroe. After marrying and having his first child, the struggles of supporting his family by farming led him to focus more on carpentry. He started his first building partnership in the late 80s. He spent the next 25 years raising children and building houses.
Jonathan lives in Monroe with his wife Chris in a house he built. He continues to run Artisan Builders in partnership with his son and his step-daughter. His two stepsons have continued the family passion for farming, starting North Branch Farm in Monroe with their families. Jonathan’s life has been defined by his commitment to his family and his community, his love of the outdoors, and his entrepreneurial spirit.