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farm and land

LEAD

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in many forms STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANDREA HAINES | TRADITIONALLY, LEADERS ARE VIEWED AS A BOSS OR PEER, FOR OTHERS IT’S

REVEALED IN DECADES OF FAMILY MENTORS. FOR THE SNAPP FAMILY OF WEST OAKS FARM IN WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA, THE OPPORTUNITY TO “STEP UP TO THE PLATE” HAS BEEN WELCOMED AND FRUITFUL.

Joe Snapp and his wife, Mary, are

aspirants to “step up to the plate.”“My

RGETTABL FO N UNJoe. “It is my dream to be able E Acomments

the ninth generation to harvest the

philosophy is similar with my children,”

bounty from the family’s land, making their three children (Ben, Levi, and

is apparent, signs of a close-knit family, but are “all business” when it comes to talking agriculture.

friendly face to watch my children take the reins as I

West Oaks Farm has made some

Tesla) the tenth generation. The farm’s

‘fade away’, a smooth transition. I think

transitions over the last few years,

stewards have been raising Angus cattle,

that’s what every parent wants. It takes

growing from their original farm market

growing apples, peaches, strawberries,

a lot of work and commitment, though,”

stand to what is now a large-scale

and other fruit, along with row crops, a

he says with a smile. The commitment

market and event center. “I think serving

farm market, and are invested in their

he’s referring to is not only dedication

on the board has helped our family

children’s success for an agricultural-

to a task, but the promise that he is

think out of the box,” explains Joe. “I’ve

totally transparent with his leadership

been able to see how other members

based future if they choose to pursue a similar path. After sorting through those “day-to-day” activities, Joe also serves on various committees and boards in

F E O F G I V I N G TO I L Aroles so that his children (or younger

agriculture

choose to do business, visit other farms

board members) are privy to the same

and markets, which encouraged my

resources he’s utilized to gain the

wife and me to do our research. Farm

knowledge he’s accrued over the years.

Credit has helped with our investment

addition to his role on the farm. The

“Some parents don’t share

role he serves as a MidAtlantic Farm

everything with their kids,” says Levi.

now.” The market is open to the public

Credit director comes naturally to Joe,

“We’re lucky, we get to be involved in

for purchasing produce, pick-your-own

according to his family. “I’ve had the privilege of watching him serve in

from the planning stages to what we are

TO T H E F U T strawberries in the summer, and school N I G I Nway, whatever happens.” Joe notes U field trips. “We plan on going further this E offering farm-animal observation, F LYthat he had a similar relationship with Rand the process, and I feel more prepared

of agriculture

various leadership roles,” shares Levi.

“Both of my parents are strong advisors

his father. “I feel like I took more interest

interactive demonstrations for visitors,

to my siblings and me. I’ve watched

in the farm when I was more invested in

and farm-to-table choices for our guests

him serve our church, Farm Bureau, and

the procedures and changes,” adds Joe.

to come and picnic at our eating area,”

feed cooperative (Southern States). It’s

The same concept applies to their oldest

explains Levi.

been encouraging for us to follow in his

son, Ben. “Our father has also allowed

footsteps and reach for those leadership

us to choose our own path,” shares Ben.

All of this would possibly seem like a

U R A L L E A D E dream without the support and financial T L U roles within our FFA and 4-H groups.” planning brought forth by participation I C handles much of the marketing, R S H R“Levi G For years, Joe has been encouraging onIforward-thinking committees and A products, and public relations. I am P

shifting economic megatrends

others through his work. “I enjoy

happy working with the retail side of

boards. “I’m always for programs and

working on the Farm Credit Board of

our orchards, fields, and with the cattle.”

business ventures that will sustain the

Directors,” says Joe. He has worked on the

The couple’s daughter, Tesla is also

land and spark new growth in our young

governance committee, and is always

involved in 4-H and FFA showing beef

people,” shares Joe. “I’m glad to have the

encouraging new directors and potential

and swine. The siblings’ friendly jeering

opportunity to serve.”

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