WV Farm Bureau Magazine July 2014 - Page 16

Young Farmer and Rancher Update Susan Wilkins, YF&R Chair steerable telescope. A sunny Saturday farm tour in Pocahontas County was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee on May 31st. The tour began at the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory, home of the world’s largest fully The group’s first stop was at Allendale Nursery where Charles “Bill” Young gave an informative demonstration on tree grafting. Before leaving, Mr. Young presented each participant with a Greasy Pippin tree to take home. The Greasy Pippin was the late Albert Wilfong’s favorite apple and the original stock for the trees came from the Wilfong Farm. A barbeque lunch was then served at the home of Charles and Linda Wilfong. Over lunch, Mr. Wilfong talked about his family’s farm and the group enjoyed seeing cattle and sheep grazing in the meadows from the front porch. After lunch, the tour continued to Edray with a visit to Katahdin Farm where Dan and Trudy Lewis run a you-pick blueberry operation. A highlight of this stop was warm, blueberry buckle baked by Mrs. Lewis. The tour ended in the Little Levels at the Wilkins Farm. Jack and Jonathan Wilkins talked about the family’s cattle business and their efforts at brush control, including dozer work and aerial spraying. 16 West Virginia Farm Bureau News Bottom left: Cattle grazing at the Wilfong Farm; Top right: Tree grafting demonstration; Below: A future YF&R member enjoying blueberry buckle!