JACKSON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Hunter Family Farm is one of three farms in the state up for the 2018 West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. It is the only farm in our area up for this prestigious award.
The Hunters dedicate their 350 acre farm to conserving their soil, water and natural resources. If you take a look around you will see cows, chickens even tomato plants that are all part of a plan to keep our land wild and wonderful.
“Conservation is really important…we can be able to farm year after year and produce a really high quality product that we ourselves can eat and want the public to eat as well,” says owner Luke Hunter.
“We want to leave our farm in a better state for our children. we want our grandkids to be able to farm and stay on the farm,” adds Luke’s wife, Mitsy Hunter.
Judges will be looking at things like the knowledge of the farmer and how well they utilize that knowledge. They will also judge on innovation and passion.
“Obviously people that are caring about the land are also caring about their fellow citizens so it’s the whole package,” says Kent Leonhardt, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture.
Winning would be great for the family, but the Hunters are just as excited to be in the running.
“Well it’s great. We put a lot of hard work into this for 35 years and we have worked hard and it’s nice to have a little recognition,” says Mrs. Hunter
The Judges will tour each of the three farms this week.