Ian Palmer - 2018 Marshall County Conservation Farmer of the Year

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ian Palmer has been named the 2018 Marshall County Conservation Farmer of the Year. The award is part of a state program sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD) in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and the Marshall County Soil Conservation District. The program seeks to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of the natural resources on their farm.

Ian and wife Ashley operate Palmer Farms, a small family farm that specializes in woodland raised, mast finished pork from the American Guinea Hog and grass-fed lamb meat from Icelandic sheep. They also grow sunflower, radish, and pea shoots. Striving to produce the highest quality meats and greens, they have been successful in marketing their product to several restaurants.

Ian grew up 60 miles from the Canadian border in upstate New York. Moving South for education, he graduated from the School of Agriculture at Auburn University. Ianís wife Ashley attended Auburnís College of Veterinary Medicine and works as an associate veterinarian in a small animal practice. They relocated to Lewisburg in April of 2015 to establish Palmer Farms.

To help in the processes of their farm, Ian participated in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to incorporate prescribed grazing, installing cross fence for rotational grazing, and installing many feet of pipeline to provide water for their stock. Future goals are to develop a stream crossing for his stock.

Ian and Ashley Palmer certainly demonstrate the next generation of agriculture. More information can be found about Palmer Farms on their webpage, www.palmerfarmstn.com, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.