2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
FFA Student Turns Pumpkin Project Into A Fulltime Career
Upon graduating high school in 2014, Heagy built on his FFA experience and started farming professionally on his family property. Today, he manages 4 acres of growing space that produces more than 40 varieties of pumpkins, as well as mums and garden produce like cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, melons, and more. The rest of the familyís property is used for beef cattle and corn, wheat, soybeans, and alfalfa hay.
Heagy manages the property with his sister Megan Hostetter, selling at their farmstand just north of Lebanon, Penn. Itís open year-round, 6 days a week. Almost everything sold is grown on the farm, within the fields or high tunnels. Kevinís mom Eileen Heagy uses some of the farm bounty to sell pumpkin treats at the stand. Heagy also sells a small amount of produce at local auctions in Lebanon and Lancaster, while his mums do well in local stores.
The farm sells pumpkins suited for every fall activity, including Gladiator pumpkins for those looking for a traditional jack-o-lantern, neck pumpkins for baking pies and custards, and small white pumpkins well-suited for painting projects.
Itís also well known for its stacking pumpkins, available in various shapes and sizes for shaping into perfect porch dťcor. While some shoppers enjoy spending an hour or longer combining pumpkins in different arrangements, Heagy also sells them pre-stacked for extra convenience.
While Heagy hasnít expanded his growing space beyond the original 4 acres, heís succeeded in increasing his yield each year.
Fall remains the busiest time of year at the farm stand, with early summerís strawberry season a close second. Fresh produce options are understandably limited in the winter, but the stand stays supplied with eggs and baked goods.
Advertising has mainly been from word of mouth and a few large signs leading into Lebanon. The farmís Facebook page also keeps local shoppers in the know about whatís coming into season.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Heagy, Heagys Pumpkins and Produce, 917 Kochenderfer Rd., Lebanon, Penn. 17046 (Facebook: Heagys Pumpkins and Produce).
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