Master’s Ranch – West sits on 400 acres surrounded by Broetje Orchards in Eastern Washington State. The large campus has two dormitories, cafeteria, school, administrative building, staff housing, football field, basketball court and so much more. Broetje and his wife Cheryl founded Broetje Orchards, which is the largest privately owned orchard in the United States, with more than 6,000 acres of apples and cherries.
At the age of 15, Broetje remembers hearing a missionary from India speak about the suffering of children and then thinking….wouldn’t it be great to have an orchard and help kids some day?! The result is Broetje Orchards and this beautiful campus in the middle of it, built by the success of his fruit business.
The idea for the campus originated in response to Broetje having a troubled teenage girl in his own family, who was helped at another facility on the East Coast. Broetje returned the favor by creating a similar program in the middle of his orchard on the West Coast, in Washington State. The campus housed another program until early 2019, but then in late 2019, the mantle was handed over to Masters Ranch, a highly successful program for boys in Missouri, which continues to operate there as well.
The Broetje Orchards business-as-ministry focus has developed over these many years, seeking to honor the following scripture:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:16, 17 NIV)