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Nash Huber: Securing a Future for Local Farms and Food

Nash Huber, recipient of American Farmland Trust's 2008 Steward of the Land Award, is blazing the trail for strong local farm and food systems in the pacific northwest. Nash and his team at Nash’s Organic Produce grow more than 100 types of produce, pasture-raised pork, and seed crops on 400 sustainably managed acres in Washington state's Dungeness River Valley—a unique micro-climate that allows year round production. The farm products are sold directly to the public through Nash’s Farm Store, a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), local restaurants and five area farmers’ markets.

Nash and his wife Patty McManus have been advocates for the preservation of farmland and actively protect agricultural land in Clallam County — helping save hundreds of acres of local farmland and important wildlife habitat. Nash served as a founding member of the PCC Farmland Trust and the grassroots farmland protection organization, Friends of the Fields.

He has also created a training ground for future farmers—his core team of women and men who are growing healthy food, supporting their local economy, protecting the environment and providing wildlife and salmon habitat. "You have to be able to offer a future to the next generation,” says Nash.

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Alex Weiser

Alex Weiser: California Farmer

To this day Alex Weiser can still remember nearly 25 years ago when customers at Los Angeles-area farmers markets started raving about, and buying up, the apples the Weisers were selling. Read more

Larry Klco  

Larry Klco: Ohio Fruit and VegetableFarmer

A simple motto guides Larry Klco’s decisions for his Lake County, Ohio pick-your-own farm: "If you want to buy it, I’ll grow it." That concept has helped Klco, a first-generation farmer, build a successful specialty operation that delivers fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables to 125 farmers’ markets in eastern Ohio each summer. Read more

Dr. Preston Maring  

Dr. Preston Maring: Kaiser Permanente Physician

Dr. Preston Maring, a physician administrator and Ob-Gyn at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, started one of the nation’s first hospital-based farmers’ markets at the Oakland Medical Center in 2003. His goal: promote healthy eating by connecting Kaiser Permanente employees and patients with farmers who sell locally grown produce. Today that movement has taken off around the nation. Read more

Terry Jones family  

Terry Jones: Connecticut Urban-Edge Farmer

Terry and Jean Jones consider their Jones Family Farms near Shelton, Conn. an embassy for agriculture. After all, the farm, located only 80 miles from the heart of New York City’s Times Square, is an outpost of organic growth in an otherwise suburban landscape. Read more

Sany and Rossie Fisher  

The Fishers: Virginia Innovators

The Fishers sell grass-fed beef and organic eggs to local chefs, groceries and at their on-farm store. They also combine on-farm innovation with their love and respect for the land, which has resulted in a composting operation that turns municipal yard waste into a profitable organic fertilizer for Brookview Farm and neighboring farmers. Read more

Tom Hutson  

Tom Hutson: New York Dairyman

Tom Hutson, the farmer who owns the fields surrounding a stretch of the Delaware River in upstate New York, has created a healthy ecosystem on his River Haven Farm, which is rich with flat, river-bottom land and verdant hills that support a wealth of wildlife and recreational opportunities. Read more

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