Farm ID: AUGU
Leroy & Marcus
The 10th generation
Marcus Showalter is a 10th generation farmer. His grandfather, Leroy, invited him to farm alongside him in 2018. Marcus knew farming is a family tradition he wants to continue.
Doors on the side of the chicken house are opened in the morning for chickens to come out to pasture for the day.
Technology on the Farm
Each farm has a computer that tracks how much water the chickens drink per day and the air quality indoors.
Every chicken house maintains great air quality for chickens. There are large fans that keep the air moving indoors and maintain temperatures.
Zeke the farm dog
About the farmer…
From the majestic shade trees to the humble bachelor’s buttons and the grove of evergreens beside the chicken house, Augusta Rock looks to be the ideal place to grow up for children and chickens alike.
Farmer Leroy bought the family farm from his father in 1973. He built a dairy parlor and milked it for over 13 years. Looking to expand, he moved the operation to the present location and built a poultry house, machine shop, storage building, and silo, and renovated the existing barns.
Today, he and his grandson Marcus tend the chickens, care for 140 head of Angus beef cattle, plant and harvest crops, and maintain the pasture and buildings. Marcus is starting to take ownership of more on the farm to support a farm transition when Leroy is ready. Leroy finds satisfaction serving with a Christian ministries charitable organization and assisting with disaster response cleanup and rebuilding. When they have some time off, he and his family enjoy traveling the country and into Canada, though, he admits, they don’t get to go very often.
Ask A Farmer
If you weren't a farmer, what would you be?
What generation farmer are you?
How did your farm get its name?
Our farm lays right on the Augusta/Rockingham county line.
Who did you learn the most about farming from?
My dad, Davey Showalter, owner of Sweet Augusta farm.