Peachey, Maines families receive farm, city honors
WOODLAND — Two families were recognized Tuesday evening at the annual Farm City Banquet held at the refurbished 4-H Camp in Penn Roosevelt State Park.
Every year, the Mifflin County Farm Bureau and Lewistown Kiwanis Club honor a farm and city family that has contributed to the county.
This year, Alice Woodring, board member for the Lewistown Kiwanis Club, gave the Maines family the city family award.
The Maines family, of David M. Maines and Associates Roofing Contractors, has been in business in Lewistown since 1989 and employ 120 workers in Lewistown.
Woodring said the business started in the home of David Maines and has grown to be the company it is today. The family attributes its success to always doing the right thing for both the community, employees and customers.
Representing Mifflin County Farm Bureau, David and Jami Glick, presented the Peachey family with the farm family award.
The Peachey’s, who have a dairy farm, hosted the 2016 Third Grade Ag Education tour. They farm 150 acres and have approximately a 90 dairy cow operation. They also grow corn, beans and alfalfa.
Robert and Lisa Peachey, who own the farm, work the farm with the help of their son Zachary. Robert grew up on the farm that he and Lisa bought in 2008.
The banquet was the first event to start Farm City Week. The idea of Farm City Week, which is held from Nov. 16 through Nov. 23, is held to provide a link between the urban and rural communities, Jonathan Reed, of Lewistown Kiwanis Club, said.
To help bridge the gap, the organizations that help arrange the event give brief presentations to inform the other groups as to what they have done in the previous year.
This year, Mifflin County Farm Bureau gave the presentation.
Mark Ellinger, of Mifflin County Farm Bureau, gave an overview of some of the events the farm bureau participates in or organizes each year.
Some of things he highlighted were, the spring and fall board meetings, the rural road safety event, American Farm Bureau meeting and the Third Grade Ag Education tour.
Highlighting the different aspects of the ag tour where Morgan Stimely and Rebecca Harrop, also from Mifflin County Farm Bureau. They told the group about the different stations the third graders in Mifflin County were able to participate in including learning about milking and different pesticides.
Since 1955, the National Farm-City Council has supported educational programming to build interdependence between rural and urban citizens. The president of the United Sates has annually proclaimed the week leading to and including Thanksgiving Day as National Farm-City Week.