MORNING STAR FARM

 

When your name is Livengood and you live on Morning Light Lane, chances are, you should be farming.

Aaron Livengood has been doing just that his whole life. His grandfather started the family farm, and Morning Star Farm, owned and operated by Aaron and his wife Beth, came along in 1998. Beth is no stranger to farming, having grown up on a dairy farm herself, so the whole family -- including kids Aubrey and Colton -- happily tend the farm together. Not only do the Livengoods raise chickens for Shenandoah Valley Organic, but they also manage a herd of 65 grass-finished cattle, care for four horses and a pony that they ride, farm hay for the horses, and grow 75 acres of corn. The Livengoods are mindful about waste and like to oversee an efficient process that utilizes resources wisely. To that end, the litter from their chicken houses fertilizes the crop field; they also try to incorporate recreation into work, by taking in the sunrise before the work day starts, horseback riding, visiting family who live nearby, and even camping in the woods of their own property. As they really love all the different jobs on the farms, and their beautiful patch of Keyser, West Virginia, they really don’t have to go anywhere to find joy.

The Livengood family loves growing for SVO and have seen a “night and day difference” since leaving conventional farming. The natural light in the chicken houses make walkthroughs a pleasant task; the chickens are happier, more active, and have more room to move. Quality feed and chicks result in a quality product, which they say is “very important to us.”

 
Lynda Bostrom