(Left to Right) Phillip, Wesley, Bill and Matthew. VanScoys VanScoy Farms Ridgeview, Ohio.(Jodi Miller)

Flexibility is key to next-generation farming success

As the next generation prepares to someday take over VanScoy Farms, patriarch Bill VanScoy knows flexibility and communication are keys to sustaining ongoing success. His sons, Matthew, Phillip and Wesley, are preparing for careers in agriculture both on and off their family’s vegetables and livestock farm in Hardin County.

With a lifetime of experience under their belts, they’ve learned about more than tilling the soil and tending the animals. Through the years, the sons have learned everything from fixing a suddenly malfunctioning tractor to the importance of establishing community contacts to grow their CSA (community supported agriculture) operation.

Their story is a familiar one for young agricultural professionals as they are constantly finding both sustainable and economically successful products, while inviting the community to learn about their livelihood from the family experts on the farm.

VanScoy Farm, an Ohio Farm Bureau member in Hancock County, was the subject of this a segment of the Our Ohio TV series airing statewide on public television. Check local listings on WCET in Cincinnati, WPTO and WPTD in Dayton, WOSU in Columbus, WGTE in Toledo, WVIZ in Cleveland, WBGU in Lima, WOUB, WNEO and Ohio Channel. You can also watch segments of Our Ohio episodes  and subscribe to Our Ohio’s YouTube Channel.


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Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.