Dec 15, 2021
Virginia Small Farm Outreach Program announces 2021 award winners

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) at Virginia State University concluded the annual Small Farm Outreach Conference at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on Nov. 20 by announcing the winners of this year’s SFOP awards.

Mark and Lona Chandler were the recipients of the Andy Hankins Small Farmer of the Year Award. They operate Chandler’s Gardens and Greenhouses in Scottsburg, Virginia, where they produce crops including cabbage, broccoli, collards, and chard, as well as an abundance of flower species.

“The Chandlers are the epitome of successful small farmers in Halifax County who are eager to learn, and willing to share their knowledge with other small farmers,” William Crutchfield, director of the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University, said in a news release.

Dennis and Sarah Williams were named the Volunteers of the Year. They run Bees Knees Farm and Creamery in West Point, Virginia. Their passion is using regenerative and compassionate farming practices for their land, and the meat and cheese products they produce.

“the SFOP could not succeed without individuals like the Williams,” Crutchfield said. “We are very thankful for their assistance with workshops and field days.”

Roland Terrell was named Regional Program Assistant of the Year. He serves farmers in Albemarle, Nelson, Greene, Orange, Spotsylvania, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Goochland counties.

“Roland’s work ethic has always been excellent,” Crutchfield said. “His outstanding service to small farmers and ranchers shows that farming has always been in his blood. He’s very dedicated to giving farmers the tools and resources they need to succeed.”

Last year’s winners were announced virtually, due to COVID-19. The Small Farm Outreach Program hosted the annual conference in person again this year.

Michelle Olgers, Virginia State University

Roland Terrell, Small Farm Outreach Program Assistant of the Year. Photo: Virginia State University

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