Scott and Lindsey Hayes always loved gardening, but their interest turned to passion, and profession, when they faced the challenge of getting healthy organic food for their family. Living in the mountains of West Virginia, this is both an interest and a necessity. In the early 2000s, they built their home on Scott’s family’s land and now, with help from their two daughters, Aliza and Addy, they maintain two gardens and a small orchard, raise chickens and turkeys, and produce maple syrup and hardwood charcoal.
While they started by producing for their family, the Hayes began selling excess to neighbors and friends and Maple Mountain Farm took root. Now they market produce, poultry, maple syrup, and charcoal, as well as other value-added products locally. The Hayes start their crops from seed and practice crop rotation. Their poultry consume local feed as well and plants and bugs as they move about the property in a chicken tractor.
“It’s really nice to eat a whole meal from what you’ve grown yourself,” Scott explained, and it’s clear his girls agree–both eagerly show off the crops they’ve planted and offer ground cherries to visitors. Through preserving and freezing the Hayes are able to “eat green all winter” too. Outside of the garden, Lindsey works for the Forest Service and Scott coaches soccer.
You can find Maple Mountain Farm on Facebook or via Pocahontas based farmers’ markets. They also participate in a CSA. For more info contact:
Scott and Lindsey Hayes
Maple Mountain Farm