Vegetable Farmer Named Person of the Year
By Sara Davis on December 28, 2008
Among a basketball coach, pro-golfer and military doctors, ABC World News has named a vegetable farmer as one of their "extraordinary people who make a difference".
Bob Blair, whose original story aired in June, runs Volunteer Farm
in Woodstock, Virginia. The farm, with volunteer labor, produces fresh
vegetables for those in need. Since June, they have produced and
distributed 35 tons of vegetables with the help of 3,100 volunteers.
Blair started the farm 5 years ago, originally intending it to be a
Christmas tree farm. But, Blair had an epiphany to grow nutritious
food for those who need it. Now, with the help of his volunteers, he
provides good, healthy and nutritious food to a local food bank.
In an era of increasing obesity AND food insecurity, I applaud Bob
and the army of volunteers that support him. It's a humbling reminder
that any of us can make a real difference, to at least a few people.
Bob, you've inspired me to see what we can with production from our own
Wild Type Ranch this winter, to help feed those in need.