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Baker: Mt. Jackson Farm Maintains ‘Old School’ Ways

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Posted: April 2, 2014

Steve Baker greets an old Yorkshire boar at his family farm near Mount Jackson on Tuesday afternoon. In spite of the seven-days-a-week job that is farming, Baker, 44, has found time to serve his community as a member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Twelve-week-old pigs poke their noses out of a feed pin Tuesday at Steve Baker’s family farm. Baker says his operation is definitely “old school.” “This is the old way of raising hogs — they’re outdoors, there’s sunlight and fresh air,” he says. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Steve Baker displays spicy Italian sausage for sale and stored in his farm’s freezer. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

MOUNT JACKSON — Shenandoah County Supervisor Steve Baker raised his first pig as a 4-H project when he was 8 years old to compete in the county fair. Now, 44 years and 104 acres later, he raises as…

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