Stones are NW Arkansas Farm Family of Year
By Haley Schichtl
The Stone family of Berryville has been named the Northwest Arkansas District Farm Family of the Year.
The Stones are now in the running to become the State Farm Family of the Year. That title will be announced in July.
Mark and Leah Stone and their three children, Garrett, Landon and Marlea, raise cattle and poultry on 960 acres. The Stone family has been farming for 28 years.
“Garrett oversees all the farming operations. His wife, Hannah, works at Cornerstone Bank,” said Mark Stone, who is also the founder and owner of Nighthawk Custom, a custom firearms manufacturer based in Berryville.
The Stones’ youngest son, Landon, is a senior at the University of Arkansas.
“He helps on the farm, but he also works full-time as our marketing and social media person,” Mark Stone said.
The Stones’ daughter, Marlea, is a junior at the University of Arkansas, studying agriculture business.
“She helps on the farm and she teaches horse riding lessons,” Mark said.
Mark said there are also two farm managers at the poultry farms, Johnny Palmer and Brett Britton.
“Leah has always been the foundation of our household, taking care of things at home, keeping us in line, and helping footwork,” Mark said.
Mark Stone said it’s an honor for the family to be recognized for its farm operations.
“We started with a rented 40 acres of land, a few cattle, and raised our family,” he said.
The family has Black Angus cattle, two chicken farms, five horses, two dogs and a cat.
“We feel really blessed ... for the peaceful life we have, and all the friends that have helped us,” Mark Stone said.