Big Frog, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Wagner Farms want you to meet the hard working families keeping us fed and clothed. This week we salute 3rd generation farmers, Michael and Beverly Napierkowski in Boonville.

You know a farm has been in a family a long time when no one knows exactly when it started. Michael and Beverly Napierkowski have been running the farm on Potato Hill Road since 1983, but it began when grandfather, Walenty Napierkowski immigrated from Poland. After living in Ohio for awhile, the family relocated to Boonville and began a dairy farm.

At one point a trio of uncles, Frank, Joe, and Eddie Napierkowski operated three smaller farms, before Michael and Beverly combined them into one 600 acre farm. Today the family milks about 60 head of cattle daily and maintains a herd of around 120. In addition they grow the majority of their feed.

In addition to farming and raising two daughters, Angela and Jessica, Michael has served as President of the Boonville Farmers Coop, a position he has retired from, although he remains active in other roles. Angela nominated her parents for our salute calling them,

some of the most selfless, kind, hard working people I know who have instilled those traits within my sister and I.

Angela concluded her entry saying, "I'm honored to have been born and raised a farmers' daughter." To the Napierkowski's we say thank you for what you do day in and day out, in the good times and bad, keeping us all fed and clothed. Angela, thanks for sharing the family's great history and recognizing your parents' lifelong efforts. Check out some photos from the farm.

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What a scenic shot of the Michael and Beverly Napierkowski farm in Boonville

Beautiful Fall backdrop to Michael and Beverly Napierkowski farm in Boonville

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One of a kind sky at Michael and Beverly Napierkowski farm in Boonville

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The bond between a farmer and their cows is one of a kind Beverly Napierkowski.

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A glimpse at what may be the 5th generation, grandson John (Jessica's Son)

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A couple of farmers cleaning off their boots, Michael and grandson Luke, Angela's son.

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Dixi the cat, did you know there was a Holstein breed in the feline world?

Know a farmer we should add to our list? Here's the nomination form, or send info on our Facebook page, our mobile app, or email polly@bigfrog104.com. Meet a Farmer is also made possible by New York Farm Net, a program of Cornell, Harbor Point MineralsWhite's Farm Supply, and the US Army.

Want to take your support of Central New York farmers to the next level? The Save Our Farms, Save Our Food campaign with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is offering a custom designed T-Shirt supporting farmers with any $25 donation. Get more info and order yours at CCEOneida.com

Photo Credit - Cornell Cooperative Extension