Explore The Family Farm – Meet The Haynies

This post was created in partnership with America’s Farmers. All opinions are my own.

Most of you all know me as the blogger from Louisiana, but what you might not know about me is that I grew up in the farming community of Southampton County in Virginia. I was surrounded by fields full of crops. I went to school with children who had parents that were farmers. Tractors were a common sight and when the farmers would harvest their beautiful fields of cotton each year, the roads would be blanketed in nothing but white beautiful cotton. I miss the smell of freshly harvested peanuts, soybeans, corn, and on occasion, tobacco. #AmericasFarmers

Virginia Cotton Field

A beautiful field of cotton in Southampton County, VA.

While I was checking out www.AmericasFarmers.com, I found a farming family from Virginia. Instantly, I knew I wanted to feature their story on my blog as an ode to my home state.

Explore the family farm.

The Haynie Farm dates back to 1867, when PJ Haynie’s great-great-grandfather, Rev. Robert Haynie, purchased 60 acres of land in Reedville, Virginia. The Haynie Farm is a family farm through and through, and it’s a farm that has continued to grow, with each generation adding onto it. Today, the farm, a couple thousand acres large, grows corn, soybeans, wheat and barley.

Meet the Haynie family.

PJ Haynie can’t help but feel a sense of awe when he’s in the tractor, working the same land his great grandfather worked with just a mule and plow. Technological advances have made farming a lot easier, but it’s still a dying profession.  The Haynies manage the farm as a family. For the Haynies, farming isn’t a job; it’s a way of life.

I love the Haynie’s family motto.

We, the American farmers, feed the world. We contribute to the global food supply. Food, fiber, textile, so many things. Our products, here in this rural county, get shipped all over the world. So many other countries benefit from the corn, wheat and soybeans that we raise.” PJ HAYNIE III


Learn more about farming by visiting America’s Farmers. You’ll find loads of information about agriculture and food, farmers, and programs.

Have you ever spent any time on a farm?


  1. says

    I grew up in farm country too. My grandma’s boyfriend was a beef farmer. I also had lots of friends with farm. I remember seeing a calf being born when I was about 12 or 13. It was very neat!

  2. says

    I have never spent time on a farm, but I would love to! I’m not sure how long I would be happy staying on a farm, getting up early and doing all the labor, but I would definitely stick it out! I think it would be a great life experience

  3. says

    I always wanted to grow up on a farm. But, you know…. not have to do all of the chores. When I was younger my grandmother took me on a trip back to South Dakota and we visited her cousin’s farm. I got to watch a cow give birth and was in awe!