EEASC Midlands (and Beyond) Meetup for Environmental Educators:
Field Study at Walther Farms
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
1045 Oak Ridge Club Rd.
Windsor, SC 29853
During the field trip, formal and informal environmental educators will learn about sustainable agriculture, irrigation, and cover crops while visiting sweet potato and spinach fields. Park in front of the farm office. Dress for outdoor field conditions—jeans and boots recommended!
About Walther Farms
Walther Farms is a 3rd generation family owned business headquartered in Three Rivers, Michigan. Beginning in the 1940’s, their company expanded from a few vegetable acres of backyard hobby farming, to what has now become over 18,000 acres of commercial and seed potatoes grown throughout the United States for the potato chip and fresh produce markets.
Their commercial operations are located in the southwestern and central regions of Michigan, southern Indiana, the Nebraska panhandle, southern Texas, western Oklahoma, western Kansas, southwest Georgia and western South Carolina. Seed operations are conducted in northern Michigan.
Walther Farms was started by Leonard Walther Sr. and his wife Regina, otherwise known as Grandma and Grandpa, in 1946 in Clio, Michigan. Grandpa worked at the Buick engine plant in nearby Flint. The farm eventually shifted to potato production and has been supplying potato chip processors for more than 40 years. Starting in the early 2000s, the farm began growing potatoes for the table stock market, and has steadily increased annual production in this segment year after year.
Grandma and Grandpa’s four sons, the 2nd generation, helped the operation grow. Bob, Tom, Darrell and Leonard are now retired but enjoy coming by to see how the farm is changing. They also sometimes help “the boys” during planting and harvest seasons.
Today, Walther Farms has more than 150 team members involved, including nine 3rd generation family members and several 4th generation family members. They maintain a family culture with a professional approach to business.
This workshop is hosted by EEASC in partnership with Walther Farms and the Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District.