Homestead Carts is located in the Great Pacific Northwest and
is the only West Coast Manufacturer of these High Quality Specialized Super
Garden Carts. Homestead Carts has built carts for over 35 years and continues to
set the standard for quality, workmanship and customer service. Homestead Carts
has its roots all the way back to 1979 when Stephen Fish pioneered the Homestead
Cart design and construction. Since that time our carts have been copied, but
none can match the excellence of the cart that bears the Homestead Carts name.
The original owner/creator of Homestead Carts,
Mr. Stephen Fish, was a Pastor at “World Outreach” church in Silverton Oregon.
They had a ministry to help young people that were struggling and had a complex
where they housed and ministered to them. During the day, the men would work in a
rented building just West of Silverton where they made pine waterbed pedestals
and headboards. They were never actually involved in the manufacture of the
carts, but they shared the large building where the carts were made.
Botts, the first Homestead Cart employee and his family bought the cart business
in 1982 with just two hydraulic presses and a few odds and ends. They built
thousands of carts in the 80’s, and went to many trade shows and state fairs.
They advertised in Southern Living Magazine, Sunset magazine, and many others on
a regular basis.
1983 the Portland Trailblazers painted one of our carts in their colors and had a
cash giveaway game halfway through a game... They loaded the cart full of
crunched up cash, and a member of the audience was chosen to shovel out as much
as they could in a certain length of time. They bought the cart from a Fred Meyer
store, who handled Homestead Carts at that time.
other improvements Marvin Botts added hydraulics to the sheet metal sheer and
later sold the business to the Perry Family in Salem, OR. The business was then
purchased by John Berry. As good friends, John Berry worked with Rick Jerald and
they continued to improve the product. John eventually sold the business to
Rick who moved the business to WA State. Rick continued to make more improvements
in the manufacturing process. In particular, he changed the plywood
construction to high quality marine plywood which has been well received by