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Monday, June 20, 2011

SC Farms of the Year Announced at Farmers Festival

A beautiful Saturday, June 18th, in Lake City was the setting for the Fifth Annual Farmers Festival Parade, farmers market and presentation of SC Farms of the Year (Large and Small). ArborOne Farm Credit was proud to be the sponsor of these awards.

“We consider it an honor to sponsor this award and be a part of recognizing the farms and farmers of South Carolina,” said Jack Shuler, President and CEO of ArborOne, who was on hand Saturday to present the awards.

Thompson Farm & Nursery of Conway was the SC Small Farm Winner. A family operation, Thompson Farm began as a working farm in 1845. Through the years it has expanded to include educational opportunities and become an agritourism destination. Classes from all over Horry County visit Thompson Farm to see the animals, learn about farming and choose pumpkins. A highlight of the fall is the corn maze and family night movies are a fun way to enjoy the cooling weather of Saturday evenings in October and November. To learn more about Thompson Farm & Nursery, please visit their website, .

McLeod Farms of McBee was the SC Large Farm of the Year winner. The orchards have been in the McLeod family since 1916. Today, Kemp McLeod represents the fourth generation to work the family orchards. Famous for their peaches, visit them year-round for black berries, strawberries, pumpkins, and many other treats that are available at the McLeod Farms Roadside Market & Museum. For more inofrmation and important dates for the annual Fall Festival, please visit McLeod Farms’ website, .

ArborOne Farm Credit, headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production, as well as rural home mortgages. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America. For more information, visit

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