Wellsburg farmer to be honored at state fair

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Britney Hervey Farris, co-owner of Family Roots Farm in Wellsburg, will be one of four West Virginia Women in Agriculture to be recognized at the West Virginia State Fair this weekend.

State Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said, “Whether they’re tapping maple trees for sweet water or raising a herd of cattle, this year’s four honorees work hard to make their agribusinesses a success. “

Farris will join Betty Hickley of Marshall County, Pamela Yost of Monongalia County and Amy Martin of Hardy County in being honored during a reception at the fair Sunday.

They will be among 42 women recognized by the state Department of Agriculture for significant contributions to the agriculture industry since 2010.

Following her graduation from Waynesburg University, Farris moved back to the family farm that has been in the Hervey family since 1775. She is the seventh generation to manage the farm and established the Family Roots Farm brand in 2012 with 40 maple taps. The operation has expanded into an agritourism destination with more than 1,000 maple taps, 6 acres of produce, a 1 acre u-pick strawberry patch, a crop of sweet sorghum and two high tunnels.

Produce is marketed directly to customers at farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals.

Many doors have opened for Family Roots Farm after winning the International Maple Sugar Award in 2015, she noted.

Farris operates Family Roots Farm with her husband, Charlie; and parents, Fred and Cathy Hervey. In addition to award-winning maple sugar, the farm produces maple syrup and other maple sugar-based products and a variety of produce.

She has managed the Brooke County Farmers’ Market since 2015, expanding the number of vendors and doubling the customer base, and has been involved with the market’s Kids Garden Club, which encourages local youth to try gardening at their homes or a community garden at Brooke Hills Park.

Farris also has assisted with the Brooke County Agriculture Day held the park each year for all Brooke County fifth-graders.