Anna and Mark Myers of Walton Myers Farm are preserving the region’s agricultural heritage by continuing the traditions of Quaker farmers in southern Chester County, writes J.F. Pirro for The Hunt magazine.
The Walton farm was created nearly two centuries ago when Anna’s great-great-grandfather, David Walton, started farming the land in 1827. Now, the Walton Myers Farm covers 166 acres on the border of Route 926.
These days, Anna and Mark, both 78, have abandoned the small hay bale business to focus on just providing hay for their herd of Belted Galloway.
To ensure their herd of around 30 cows is fed all winter using resources from the farm, they have to carefully balance financial and agricultural factors. The cows require around 180 bales of hay a year, with any leftover bales sold to nearby mushroom growers.
The pair are also beginning to notice the effects of the region’s agricultural revolution, even though the land around them has largely remained the same.
“It’s an amazing area to live in,” said Mark. “It’s hunt country, and the land has been kept open primarily for equestrian pursuits, but we still do agriculture here.”
Read more about Walton Myers Farm at The Hunt magazine here.