The patriarch of the family. Louis received his B.S. in Soil Science from North Carolina State University in 1958. He worked for thirty years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. The first twenty years Louis worked mainly with the soil survey (identifying and recording different soil types) across the eastern third of Virginia. The last 10 years he focused on shoreline stabilization and wetlands/environmental issues. Louis’ second career was as Director for the City of Virginia Beach which he did until 2001. During both careers, he also farmed vegetables part time. Then he embarked on his third career by farming full time.
Over the course of his career, Louis received numerous honors from national and state associations including Merit Awards and named a Fellow by the American Society of Soil and Water Conservation. He is also a professional Soil Scientist and Agronomist. Governor Baliles appointed him to the inaugural board to certify professional soil scientists in Virginia. If you ask him now what he enjoys most, he’ll say a good sharp hoe and a row of plants.
Mike also graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Soil Science in 1989. Upon graduation, Mike accepted an Environmental Engineer position with Virginia Department of Transportation. Mike dealt with environmental issues and agencies as they dealt with VDOT’s construction program. While working in Suffolk for VDOT, Mike worked in the field every morning, night, holiday and vacation. In 2001, at Jane’s urging, Mike resigned to farm fulltime with Louis. Since then Mike and Louis worked together. Mike is currently the chairman of Virginia Beach’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, a Director of the Virginia Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and serves on the Virginia Farm Bureau Statewide Committee of Fruit and Vegetables Growers.