Jeff and Sue Frey, the husband-and-wife team behind Future View Farm & Flowers, have been named 2022 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes exemplary role models of outstanding management, land stewardship, and community leadership.
On their 900-acre farm — a mix of field crops, cut flowers, contract hog feeding, and manure hauling — the Freys have introduced cover crops, no-till planting, and other practices that enhance soil health and protect freshwater streams from pollution.
Lamonte Garber recommended the Freys for the agricultural honors program, which dates back to 1927, after Stroud Water Research Center partnered with them on stream-friendly projects, including the planting of a streamside forest, on their farm. Originally started by the magazine Pennsylvania Farmer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the award is now co-sponsored by American Agriculturist and by Cooperative Extension programs in several mid-Atlantic states.
Beyond this coveted award, Jeff celebrated 50 years of using no-till planting techniques, a critical practice that builds soil health and reduces erosion on the Freys’ farm. Few Pennsylvania farmers can claim such an achievement.
“The Freys have that precious combination of hard work, practical know-how, and leadership. Jeff and Sue work tirelessly to run a farm that’s a model of conservation while also putting in hours of personal time in helping other farmers learn to innovate. They’re showing others how to farm profitably while nurturing the land and water.”
To learn more about the Freys, check out the American Agriculturist article written by Chris Torres.