Back in 1997 Gary and Melodee Leavitt were looking for property in the De Luz area of Temecula, California. They were attracted to the area as it reminded Gary of upstate New York where he grew up, and Utah where Melodee grew up.
They found an older, avocado grove on twelve acres that had a great views, and was a perfect site for a new home.
At the time the grove was split almost evenly between Avocado and Star Ruby Grapefruit trees. The Avocado trees were declining from a common California Avocado disease known as "root rot". (For more on this disease click here.) The disease slowly kills the trees until they need to be removed.
Also, at that time Gary was working as a District Manager for Home Depot, and Melodee was a Call Center Manager for Home Depot. They received a lot of good-natured kidding about their part time job as "farmers".