Stephen’s interest in Tropical Fruits started in 1999 while working on an accounting assignment for a Tropical Fruit Enthusiast in Sarasota. The wide variety of things they were growing drew his interest away from his full time job.
Stephen decided to take this hobby on as a profession and was lured to Pine Island because of its warmer climate and attractive land prices. There he started a 5 acre lychee grove and took on a managerial position at Treehouse Nursery to support himself as the grove established.
Working under Bob and Vivian Murray until their passing, Stephen still wanted to continue in the same line of work. He teamed up with his business partner Jesus Avolos to start Fruitscapes, LLC: a Tropical Fruit Grove intermingled with a fruit tree nursery, which has its own Fruit Market on site.