It all started with the Great Depression in 1929, where Conrad and Sophia Job lost their farm outside St. Paul Minnesota over a sudden and unexpected bank fee. Conrad discovered the Mid Columbia area while picking strawberries with a migrant farm picking group, "The Minnesota Boys" in 1930. In '31 the couple packed up their belongings as well as four children (Julie, Andy, Norbert and Mary) into a Model T and headed to Pasco. In a few years they were able purchase a 20 acre farm on Road 36.
Throughout the 30s they worked the land, when a customer gave them the idea of growing peony plants to sell. From there Sophia said, "It would be fun to have a nursery." Thus Job's Pasco Nursery was born and officially opened in 1940. The nursery sold both produce and plants. Throughout World War Two they sold produce to Naval Air Station Pasco. After the war, Norbert returned to work the nursery with his father and mother. Andy also returned from the war and found work at the Pasco School District with the Grounds Department. In 1953, Norbert took ownership of the farm and focused it on nursery plants.