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: Stuart Run Farm 

Pamela Homfelt and Randy Blum left professional careers in sunny San Diego for the mountain highlands of western Virginia to start a small organic farm that sells a variety of produce and cut flowers. The couple was suited for the transition as Pamela had a 25 year career in wholesale nursery, landscape design, and project management and Randy as a Landscape Architect and Project Manager for the city of San Diego.

The farm is now in its fourth year of production and produces a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, eggplant, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and onions. Stuart Run is also starting a CSA this year! Learn more.