Harold Witmer

The Witmer family is a large and industrious group, for which farming has always been a way of life. Days start bright and early at 5:30am, and after a dash of coffee, the family steps out onto their neat-as-a-pin property in Dayton, Virginia, to tackle the many tasks awaiting them. 

After feeding the chickens and other livestock, Farmer Harold spends a lot of time in his woodworking shop. Milda, Karen, and Evelyn disappear into dense, lush gardens and emerge with fresh beans, corn, and tomatoes. Aaron stays busy with his mobile welding business, and youngest daughter Katie fills her day tending her horses and working on sewing projects. The family also has their own butchery. All the while several little ones run about, barefoot and sporting a healthy amount of dirt and joy, and Rocket, the family’s Shiba Inu, lies in the shade of the pickup, taking it all in.

If you were to ask Harold what advice he’d give to a young farmer starting out, he’d say not to be tempted to buy all new equipment. “Used equipment is more affordable and works just fine.” The Witmers grow for Farmer Focus because they’re allowed to use their existing building without expensive and unnecessary upgrades, and they’re trusted to know what’s best for their chickens.

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