What does eating local really mean? It means getting to know the PEOPLE who are working hard to provide your meats, produce, and value-added products. It means scheduling a visit to a farm to gain even more understanding about your dinner. It means knowing that your food does not just come from a farm, but from people. People who are not just farmers but fathers, daughters, moms, and sons working as a family in a community of friends.

Faces of Farmers is a project of The Highland Center created to help unite customers with producers in a whole new way. By telling our farmer’s stories, it aims to help market farms in the Allegheny Highlands region of Virginia and West Virginia and help customers learn more about their food.

Farm of the Month: Petra Plantation

Kim Wolfe always cultivated a small garden, and after years at desk jobs, she wanted to spend more time and energy working the land. Petra Plantation grew out of this goal and now supplies Highland residents with seedlings, greens, herbs, and vegetables grown less than 5 miles north of Monterey. Petra Plantation is also home to a small free-range poultry flock, producing eggs loved by many in town. When she’s not in the garden, Kim volunteers at the Highland Elementary School and serves on The Highland Center board. Read more…