VALLEY GROWN: FARMING, A LABOR OF LOVE. BY INDIA KELLER

VALLEY GROWN: Farming, A Labor of Love. by India Keller

Farming is a labor of love, marked by uncertainty and risk – disease, pests, deep freezes, scorching heat, the rise and fall of customer demand, unexpected costs, back-breaking chores, and so on and so forth. The list of challenges seems endless, so why do people continue farming? This is what several Greenbrier Valley Grown farmers had to say about the heart and soul behind their operations, the passion that keeps them struggling through the sweat and tears, ploughing ahead despite the odds.

Sunset Berry Farm, WV

“There is a calmness and peacefulness that comes from farming. It stems from being close with the animals and the land. There is always a different adventure everyday so we are never bored. We love what we do and can’t imagine doing anything else!” – Carie and Bobby Ortman, Purple Mountain Phoinix Farm

“Growing food keeps me connected to the great sacred mysteries of life; sharing food keeps me connected to the people I love; selling food allows me to be part of a sustainable economic recovery for WV. These things make me happy!” – Anne Brown, Dogwood Hill Natural Gardens.

Salt Cave and Spa, WV

“Why am I a Farmer? One Life… Just One. Run like you’re on fire towards your wildest dreams.” – Rhonda Dortch, Bluestone Mountain Farm.

“We started farming our land out of a need to pay for the land itself and to fund college for our children. We have since become passionate about creating non-traditional ways of reaching buyers to promote agriculture as a means of providing income for ‘un’ or ‘under’-employed friends and neighbors in our community and supporting existing farms. West Virginia has a beautiful opportunity to fight poverty, unemployment and hunger and the answer is in our own back yard. So, we farm because we LOVE West Virginia!” – Jennifer Gilkerson, Sunset Berry Farm.

Greenbrier Chiropractic Center. Lewisburg, WV

“I love feeling like I’m exactly where I should be, and not wishing that I were anywhere else. That’s what I feel when I’m working in the garden.” – Carrie Hancock, Laurel Creek Farm.

“My love is all of nature, the heart of life, intimate, mysterious, seductive, powerful, unpredictable. Like sailing a great sea, teeth to the wind.” – Jennifer “Tootie” Jones, Swift Level.

Wild Bean Lewisburg WV

“Farming is about love and stewardship. You produce high quality local food so that you may feed and nurture your fellow mountaineers and build a healthy community!!” – Tim Peregoy, Azimuth Organics.

Visit GreenbrierValleyGrown.org to learn more about these and other GVG farms and food businesses.

– India Keller, Coordinator for Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative. LBSPY #74. February, 2016.

Submit a Comment

Saddle up for June w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper!

Saddle up for June w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper! - Saddle up this June for the best things to do in Greenbrier County and surrounding areas!  Sigrid House, owner of Mounted Blessing LLC, invites you to her farm for summer horseback riding lessons. Jason Scott with B-Sides and Badlands interviews Black Garlic about their new album. They play at the Wild Bean in downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, June 22. Gibbs Kinderman with the Mountain Music Trail celebrates Dwight Diller, who won […]

Stay Updated w/ HashtagWV!

Want to stay updated with the paper or thinking about advertising? Sign up today for the latest HASHTAGWV monthly newsletter!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Best Things to Do in Lewisburg, WV

Best Things to Do in Lewisburg WV! - Spending a day in Lewisburg? Here are a few of the best things to do while you’re visiting. Start your day at the Wild Bean coffee shop.  Located downtown, this cafe offers premium coffee, tea, veggie cuisine, wi-fi, entertainment, and more! The breakfast menu consisting of breakfast burritos, egg scrambles, breakfast sandwiches and granola w/ […]

"Over the last 10 years, we have tried several avenues for advertising. Beyond a doubt, our greatest return has been through HASHTAGWV. Whether it be in the HASHTAGWV print edition, or online, our customers, both locals and tourists, really do look for this media form to be in tune with what’s going on in the area and for destination shopping. Advertising with LBSPY (now HASHTAG) has unequivocally been a great asset for our business!" - Craig Miller w/ Serenity Now Outfitters. Ad rates start at just $20! Click here for MEDIA KIT  

LBMEDIAKIT
LBSPY-Testimonials1
Patrick4CMPLTshrp "LBSPY is the best thing that has happened in Greenbrier County since I have been here for seven years. Maybe the whole state.... a first class operation and a lot of hard work," Patrick O'Flaherty (pictured above), The Irish Pub, Lewisburg, WV

Donating = Loving

HashtagWV remains D.I.Y. in nature and it takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider making a one time or recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of coffee at The Wild Bean and a good dinner at Food & Friends
Adam DeGraff "LB Spy always has their finger on the pulse of this community!" - Adam Degraff (pictured above), (The Weight/ The Dueling Fiddlers / Pianafiddle)

Instagram

  • For the second year, lords and ladies, knights and knaves are strolling the grounds of Hollow Hills Farm every weekend this June. There’s shopping, entertainment, stage shows, live music, games, food, and all sorts of participatory revelry inspired by the days of the Renaissance. @wv_renaissance_festival
...
#lewisburg #lewisburgwv #gotowv #simplygbv #greenbriercounty #westvirginialivin #renaissancefair #wvrenaissancefestival
  • Happy West Virginia Day from your team @cartierrainespa in Lewisburg! West Virginia and the people it brings to us are simply amazing, including this spa team! 156 years and going strong 💪💙💛
...
#lewisburg #lewisburgwv #gotowv #igers_of_wv #wv_igers #greenbriercounty #simplygbv #spalifestyle #cartierraine #cartierrainespa #AlmostHeaven #LetsGo
  • Chinese buffet tho 👀 @ China Palace in Lewisburg
...
#lewisburg #lewisburgwv #gotowv #westvirginialivin #simplygbv #greenbriercounty #igers_of_wv #wv_igers #smallbusinessesrock #chinesebuffet #allyoucaneatbuffet 🇨🇳

Follow Us!

LBSPY ARTICLES

Wonder How HashtagWV Remains Free?

WONDER HOW HASHTAG LEWISBURG CITY PAPER REMAINS FREE? - Wondering how Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper gets published and distributed FREE every month in-print and online? Do we have wealthy parents or did one of us seduce a millionaire? No. Are we financed by bank loans or grant money? Nope, not that either. Until we hit it BIG in the lotto, every issue of HASHTAGWV comes […]

BEHIND HASHTAG

HASHTAG WV
P.O. Box 744
Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901
info@hashtagwv.com

TESTIMONIAL

"Here at WHEN PIGS FLY BBQ, we get the most return advertising with LBSPY. New customers tell us all the time how they see our ad. They then come see us!" - Mike and Kellen, owners of When Pigs Fly BBQ, Lewisburg, WV.
"Christina, Thank you so much for the cover and the ARTICLE. Your LBSPY is fantastic! We hope to grow this ride and other sports events in our area. Your magazine will do this. Again thank you from everyone in the GVBike club. Come ride with us sometime." - Janice Centa

WE ARE YOUR SOURCE!

LBSPY is a free, full color arts and entertainment tabloid dedicated to providing useful information in the areas of Greenbrier County, Pocahontas County, parts of Alleghany County, and more. We distribute 7,000, full color issues every month.

WE ARE ENGAGED!

We are engaged in promoting local music, arts, events, dining, and shopping. We reach our audience where they live, eat, shop, drink, play, and fill up their gas tank. BEHIND THE SPY

TESTIMONIAL

"LBSPY is the best thing that has happened in Greenbrier County since I have been here for seven years. Maybe the whole state.... a first class operation and a lot of hard work," Patrick O'Flaherty, owner @ The Irish Pub