Jack King

When I was a small kid on my family's dairy farm I loved to play in the dirt with my toy tractors, trucks, and farm equipment, just like my dads, only smaller ones. That love of farming continued to grow and I knew early on in my life I wanted to be a farmer. I had a great experience as a Maryland 4-her growing up in Montgomery County when it was still agriculture driven. All of our friends, neighbors and relatives were farm kids. We produced milk on our home farm and I eventually became the third generation dairy farmer in my family. I followed my interest in dairy farming which was being nurtured in 4-H and FFA experiences and attended University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in Dairy Science. Along the way I became skilled in dairy cattle judging. Winning a trip to Europe on our National Champion 4-H judging team.

My current job is with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) whose job is to implement the conservation work of the United States Department of Agriculture. We cover a lot of areas in agriculture and to do this I have had to learn new skills. I have honed those skills and learned the methods of farming in a more environmental friendly system than what I was taught and practiced in my farming past. Protecting the environment and growing healthy food for America are now my farming goals. It is my intention to take the knowledge gained from over 30 years of farming plus my 15 years of work with the NRCS and apply that to growing a variety of healthy organic fruit in Maryland. We have named our endeavor Kings Organic Fruit. Our plan is to feature organically-certified blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other fruit that will be available pick-your-own or pre-packaged.

Enjoy our fruit,

Jack King