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YODERS’ FARM // FARMER PROFILE

The Yoder family has been farming in Campbell County, VA, since the 1950s. Traditionally managing a combination of a large dairy herd and diversified vegetables, Delvin and Barbara Yoder sold their herd in the 1990s to focus on greenhouse growing...

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WITMER FARM // FARMER PROFILE

Brian Witmer grew up on a commercial vegetable farm in Ohio. The youngest of 10 children, their summers were spent harvesting acres and acres of corn and green beans. While most of his siblings have moved on to careers outside farming, his father...

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WILLIE MAE FARMS // FARMER PROFILE

Willie Mae Farms in York County has been a Local Food Hub partner farm since 2012. Farmer Mike Combs produces beautiful sweet potatoes. We are proud to partner with Local Food Hub to connect small family farmers in Virginia to 4P FOODS...

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WENGER GRAPE FARM // FARMER PROFILE

The Wenger family has been growing grapes in the Shenandoah Valley since before the Civil War. Today, Dave and Mim Wenger continue the family tradition at Wenger Grape Farms in Augusta County with the help of their daughter Wendy, and her husband,...

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WAYSIDE PRODUCE // FARMER PROFILE

If asked what's available from Wayside Produce, father and son duo Alex and Andrew Mason will respond in unison, “Name a crop.” That’s the same “all or nothing” mentality that brought the Masons to Virginia to begin a new family...

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WALNUT WINDS FARM // FARMER PROFILE

After retiring from a career in the military, Delmer Livengood Sr. began Walnut Winds Farm in Pittsylvania County, VA. Drawing on his early study in agriculture at West Virginia University, he established a produce farm that specialized in...

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WADEL’S FARM WAGON // FARMER PROFILE

Dean spent his childhood days in central Florida where he grew up raising produce. Later they moved to a dairy farm in western Missouri. In both operations, they experienced firsthand the devastation that large-scale brokers can have on the family...

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VIRGINIA CHESTNUTS // FARMER PROFILE

Virginia Chestnuts is a family-owned and operated orchard, with deep roots in Nelson County. David and Kim Bryant were both born into farming families, providing them with a strong background to establish and manage an orchard. David learned about...

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VAN DESSEL FARMS // FARMER PROFILE

In the last years of the 19th Century, a young farmer on the fertile central plains of Belgium became frustrated because no land could be had to expand his five-acre ancestral farm and meet the needs of his growing family. He set sail for America...

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