Parkesburg’s Kings the First-Ever Amish Farmers to Win Chester County’s Farmers of the Year

Mark Hostutler
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Photo of Elias King of Parkesburg's Green Ridge Farm courtesy of Bradley Bower, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Elias and Rebecca King – owners of Parkesburg’s Green Ridge Farm, known as King’s Pumpkin Farm during the fall for all the joy it brings to children who run through its corn mazes and pick pumpkins – have been named Chester County’s 2016 Farmers of the Year, writes Michaelle Bond for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The award has additional significance since the Kings are the first Amish farmers to win the honor since its inception nearly three decades ago.

Steven Nolt, a senior scholar at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, said that Green Ridge Farm is a good example of the reinvention of Amish agriculture that has been taking place over the last generation.

The farm offers a myriad of interesting features for visitors, including hayrides, apple cider doughnuts, and other fall staples. There’s also a petting zoo, where from May to October children can spend time playing with and feeding goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, and potbellied pigs.

“They are trying to do things to try to keep farming sustainable and profitable, while maintaining a lot of technological restrictions that are in line with their church,” said Nolt.

Read more about Green Ridge Farm in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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