The Next Set of “Tweener” Years
I recently had a birthday; one that started a new decade in my life. I’ve just entered my third set of “tweener” years. I spent my first thirty years getting an education, becoming an adult, and starting a family. Years 30-60 were heavily engaged in raising the family and devoting considerable energies to my “work” life, which included launching this farm. I am absolutely sure the best crop John and I ever raised is our children.
As I enter what I imagine will be my last set of “tweener” years, I want to focus more of my time on doing something that matters; something that leaves the world a better place. Our fathers always admonished us to leave the land in better condition than we found it, I think that applies to our larger community today. Caring for my family definitely matters to me, but they know I function best when I’m immersed in a passion. I’m not sure what new skills or friends I’ll encounter along the way but I’m sure part of my mission will be to help my community and customers see themselves plugging into the local food systems. People gravitate to foods, congregate during a meal, and experience the cycles of life and nature when witnessed first hand on the lands that produce their substance. I want our farm and our products to be part of that cycle.
I’m looking forward to this set of “tweener” years. I know that my passion for farming will allow me to concentrate on making a life by the way I make a living.
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Ginger Myers was born and raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Her family left their farm in Mercersburg when she was only six years old, but she spent many Sunday afternoons and summers with her cousins working and learning on their family dairy farms. Along the way she became inoculated with the farming “bug”. She is a proud Penn State graduate. It was while working as a Field Agent for the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association that she met and married John Myers, a third generation dairy farmer. They began their married lives as dairy farmers on John’s paternal grandfather’s farm, but that was not to last. While not always actively farming, they’ve both always worked in fields related to agriculture. They have been sweethearts, best friends, and life partners for more than thirty years.
Ginger established and operated a wet-chemistry testing lab for 10 years that specialized in analyzing feed and forages. She worked as an Ag Marketing Specialist in Economic Development in Howard County, Maryland, for 8 years, and is the State Marketing Specialist for Ag and Natural Resources with the University of Maryland Extension. She has had the privilege of working closely with several NESARE projects, served on the Maryland State Agriculture Commission, and has been a longtime member of Future Harvest CASA- serving four terms on its Board of Directors.
John and Ginger have made lots of great friends working in agriculture and as producers. Evermore Farm is their ardent effort to “walk the talk” about the viability of diversified, sustainable small farms. However, both agree that their best “crop” is their children, Susan and Andrew. Both are now married with wonderful partners and have children of their own. Family is our greatest joy and serves as “True North” on the farmer’s compass.
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