2013 Chester County Farmer of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards Announced
For Immediate Release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Hillary R. Krummrich, Esq.
Director of Agricultural Development
Chester County Commissioners present agricultural awards
West Chester, PA – The Chester County Board of Commissioners, along with the Agricultural
Development Council (ADC) present three agricultural awards at this week’s Commissioners’ Meeting.
Farmer of the Year awards were presented to Peter Flynn of Pete’s Produce in Westtown, and to Drs.
Thomas and Barbara Schaer of Medowset Farm and Apiary in Landenberg. The “Distinguished
Agricultural Service” award went to Daniel Miller, current president of Chester Delaware Farm Bureau
and Chesapeake Bay Resource Conservationist with the Chester County Conservation District.
The Chester County Farmer of the Year Award is presented to deserving individuals or families that
exemplify outstanding farm practices, that have an innovative operation and keen business sense, and that
run a well-maintained farm.
Pete Flynn’s retail farm market has been a successful and positive part of the Westtown Community for
over 20 years. Pete leases 170 acres from the Westtown School and grows a large variety of produce. He
is very concerned with conservation practices and constantly looks for ways to innovate either in the
fields or in the market. Pete serves on the Executive Board of the Chester County Food Bank and is one
of the original farmers involved in the Chester County Gleaning program.
The Schaers run a 30 acre sheep dairy farm with a focus on producing aged cheeses. They also produce
honey, lamb, wool, eggs and herbs. The Schaer family has a farm store on site and also sells products to
some of the area’s finest restaurants. They are committed to sustainable farming practices and their
operation is a great example of a small family farm. The Schaers have a wonderful philosophy on the
breeding practices of the sheep and on the entire operation.
The Distinguished Agricultural Service award goes to an individual who has made significant
contributions to, and provided exceptional service for the Chester County agricultural community. In
addition to his role as president of the Farm Bureau and as an employee with the Conservation District,
Dan is involved with many initiatives and organizations that promote agriculture in Chester County.
The Chester County Agricultural Development Council promotes agriculture in Chester County by
raising awareness on issues regarding the viability of local agricultural and promoting agricultural
excellence and farming. For more information visit the website at www.chesco.org/agriculture.
Find pictures from the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.650729828299124.1073741833.181384358567009&type=1