When you think of Puyallup, you think about farming. Kamal Sidhu grew up picking berries with his brothers on the family farm. When he graduated high school he went to UW for a Computer Science Degree, but halfway through he realized what he truly wanted was to return to Puyallup and farm with his family.
Kamal’s father Chet says that farming in their family is in their blood. “My father my grandfather my great grandfather…” says Chet. “Go like ten generations back.”
Chet moved to Puyallup 40 years ago, he started off owning a gas station and then bought the farm that his children grew up working on. The kids picked berries and sold them at the farmers markets. The whole family still works at the markets selling produce. “I get to meet people that I went to school with,” says Kamal of working at the Farmers Markets. “And I get to meet new people… it’s almost a deeper connection to the customer.”
Chet describes his pride that the people in the community know his children from buying food from them at the markets and have watched them grow up, even remembering their birthdays and bringing them gifts. He encourages people to offer help to their neighbors and ask for help in return. “ If my neighbors come to me, can you help me this? Yeah, sure, I will,” says Chet. “That's the friendship.”
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.