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 the Bill Boice Farm in Vernon Center.

A neighbor of the farm nominated the family saying, "Bill is someone to aspire to." They jokingly call him "the Mayor of Vernon Center because everyone knows him because he has helped so many people." They have been neighbors for two years and have watched him always offer assistance with any project at their home as well as neighbors. Even plowing snow for everyone around.

The Boice Farm has been in operation since 1996 and over-qualifies for the term, "family farm." Bill's daughter, Leana Finster told us there are 16 family members helping run their operation with Bill and son, Lance handling most of the milking duties.

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Bill Boice Farm in Vernon Center, NY started in 1996

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Bill Boice Farm in Vernon Center milks about 150 head of cattle

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Bill Boice Farm in Vernon Center also raises hogs

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The family also raises Jack Russell Terriers and Leana is owner of 1 on 1 Grooming.

To the Boice family we say thank you for continuing to do what you do even in the hardest of times. Know a farmer we should salute? Here's the nomination form, or send info on our Facebook page, our mobile app, or email Meet a Farmer is also made possible by New York Farm Net, a program of Cornell, Harbor Point Minerals, and White's Farm Supply.

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

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