HAZARD — A teen farmer from Perry County could partner with Jabo’s Coal River Grill to supply them with fresh produce.
Hazard High School Junior Brandon Stidham could potentially begin selling his produce to Jabo’s Coal River Grill this summer.
Stidham, 16, said his father instilled the importance of farming at a young age. An importance of farming was passed down through the generations in his family.
Stidham’s Grandfather taught his father how to farm and in return Stidham’s father taught him.
His family is currently one of the longest active members of Perry County’s Farmer Market.
“It teaches me morals and how to manage my money. Good relationships with people,” said Stidham.
The friends he has made at the Farmer’s Market are more like family to him, Stidham said.
“There is real good people up there,” said Stidham.
The road to having his own farm all started when some of his family gave him a piece of his grandfather’s land to farm on. Stidham said he spent one whole summer with his family clearing out the land so it could be farmed.
When he got the call from Michelle Combs at Jabo’s Coal River Grill asking him if he wanted to sell his produce to the restaurant, Stidham said it was something he needed to do.
“I definitely need to do this,” said Stidham after he weighted the choices he saw before him.
His farm is called B&M Farms.
Stidham has also began raising livestock to sell. He currently has chickens, goats and turkeys.
One of his personal favorite fruits to grow is tomatoes. Stidham said he could sit and eat tomatoes straight out of the ground all day.
Stidham also volunteers at the Lost Creek Fire Department. He is currently their only junior member.
He has been with the fire department for more than a year.
During his free time, some of his hobbies include hunting and fishing.
He said he loves the outdoors and that is where he often spends most of his time after school.
He hopes he can make a career out of farming, but he also has been looking into careers in law enforcement and being a veterinarian if farming doesn’t work out career wise.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.