from Country Folks –
“I was fortunate to study agriculture at SUNY Cobleskill, and land a job in the agricultural sector at NYCAMH, but my family farm is one of — if not my biggest — passion,” declared fourth generation farmer John VanDerwerken, of Central Bridge Farms.
John and his dad Mark work together running the farm, with some supervision from Grandfather John. The farm, which is located in the heart of Schoharie County, is home to a herd of prime Aberdeen Black Angus cattle.
“The farm was started in 1928,” Mark reports. “My grandfather had a small dairy. My father and uncle also had cash crops and a chicken and egg delivery business.”
In the late 60’s Mark says his dad sold out of the chicken business and purchased some Black Angus heifers developing the farm into a hub of Aberdeen Angus production.
“I helped him off and on growing up. I joined the Navy in 1980 and left the Navy in 1994 and moved back to Upstate New York.”