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WRITTEN BY RORY RHODES
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BONE AND SOL PHOTOGRAPHY

Survival of
a Modern
Family Farm
Agritourism brings new life to a 167-year-old farm
and family business.

THE JETER FAMILY

has seen a lot of changes since 1853, when they moved from
Bedford County to their farm in Bonsack.
The big red barn standing atop a hill above Route 460 was
built in 1871, long before the busy highway that runs beside it. In
fact, in 1965, when the existing road became a divided four lane,
the family's original white farmhouse had to be moved for the
easement. The top floor now rests near the barn and outbuildings,
but the stone foundation was demolished.
Ned Jeter, 64, was born in that original farmhouse, as was his
father, Richard Benjamin Jeter. Ned is the second of six siblings,
and runs Jeter Farm with his two sons, Ned II, 39, and Darrell, 37.
They are the fourth- and fifth-generation farmers of the family,
managing over 300 acres at the main property. A second property,
The River Farm, lies on the James River in Buchanan.
While Jeter Farm Bonsack grows corn and wheat, Black Angus
cattle are the heart of the operation.
" We've got about 750 head altogether, " Ned II estimates.
With around 500 brood cows, calving occurs year-round and
steers are fattened before selling, mostly to stockyards. They also
plan to sell their beef at an on-site country store.
" We'll have several options, " Ned II explains. " Whole, half, by
the pound and pre-packaged, which will be vacuum-frozen and
USDA inspected. "

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