February 4, 2015
Faces of Fauquier: He values farming’s lessons
“I think Fauquier County needs more people, but I don’t want subdivisions in my backyard,” Zach Woodward says. “I don’t want to see developments come in and take over all the farmland.”
Being on the committee, I get to talk to more people and learn how to run an event. It’s not just work; it’s fun because you get to interact with people. 4-H is a part of my life. I want kids to get involved and more businesses to get involved with the 4-H show and sale.
The teenager began raising and showing chickens, goats and rabbits through Fauquier County’s 4-H Club at age 7.
Animals remain integral to Zach Woodward, a Kettle Run High School senior who has an extensive extracurricular activity list.
In addition to his studies, Zach works at Southern States in Calverton, cares for cows on his uncle’s dairy farm in Catlett and participates in numerous agriculture and livestock clubs.
As chairman of the Fauquier County 4-H Show and Sale Committee, he leads other youngsters and four adult advisors who organize the event, conducted as a capstone for participants each spring at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds. Throughout the year, 4-H members raise, show and finally auction their animals. Most apply the proceeds to their education funds.
“I think 4-H teaches leadership and responsibility,” Zach said. “You have to budget your money and use it wisely. I want kids to get involved and more businesses to get involved with the 4-H show and sale.”
The show and sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 4.
Zach owns 10 cows and avidly shows three of them around Virginia.
As for the future of Fauquier County, he believes farmland will endure.
“You will still see farms, but definitely more houses, businesses and people. I don’t want to see that, but there really is nothing to do about it,” he said. “I think farms here are established and they will stick around.”
Mature beyond his years, Zach plans to continue working with livestock and to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a firefighter.
“Agriculture will always be a part of my life. I would really like to be a firefighter, because they are always needed,” he said.
Chairman of the 2015 Fauquier County 4-H Show and Sale Committee. It’s a group of six kids and four adult advisors. We plan and draw out the whole show and sale . . . book judges, hold weigh-ins for the animals, take children on tours. We auction off the animals at the Fauquier County Fair and the money goes to kids towards another 4-H project for next year or to their college fund.
It’s not a cheap project. You could easily spend $8,000 on two steers with feed, vet bills, show registrations, grooming and transport.
I’ve been a member of 4-H since I was 7 years old. I started showing rabbits, goats and chickens and then got into cows when I was 9.
Also works in the warehouse at Southern States in Calverton and helps on his uncle’s dairy farm in Catlett.
• Why do you do the job?
I think 4-H teaches leadership and responsibility. You have to budget your money and use it wisely. Being on the committee, I get to talk to more people and learn how to run an event. It’s not just work; it’s fun because you get to interact with people. 4-H is a part of my life. I want kids to get involved and more businesses to get involved with the 4-H show and sale.
Father, Jeff; mother, Amanda; and brother, Zane.
Senior at Kettle Run High School.
• Civic involvement
Fauquier County 4-H member for 10 years; Fauquier Livestock Club for seven years; president of the Northern Virginia Dairy Club; vice president of Kettle Run Future Farmers of America.
I also show cows at the Fauquier County Fair, the Prince William County Fair, the Virginia State Fair and the Virginia Beef Expo.
Member of Boy Scout Troop 1177. I earned my Eagle Scout award last year. It was a lot of work. I built handicap picnic tables for the Fauquier County Fair.
Volunteer firefighter at Catlett Volunteer Fire Department. I’ve almost earned my EMT certification.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
My whole life.
• Why do you live here?
I grew up here. My family is here. All of my family is within two miles of me. It’s kind of getting more commercialized, but it’s beautiful.
• How do you describe this county?
A more rural county with businesses. There is a lot of farmland in Fauquier County. It has a little bit of everything . . . horse farms, businesses and subdivisions.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
I think Fauquier County needs more people, but I don’t want subdivisions in my backyard. I don’t want to see developments come in and take over all the farmland.
• What do you do for fun?
Show cows. Volunteer at the Catlett Volunteer Fire Department. I think everything is fun. I like to hunt and fish a lot . . . ride four-wheelers. Hang out with friends on our land.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Where I live on our land. Our family worked hard for it. My ancestors worked hard to make sure we had places to live and have fun. My uncle owns a dairy farm and we own cattle.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think you will definitely see more businesses and more houses. You will still see farms, but definitely more houses, businesses and people. I don’t want to see that, but there really is nothing to do about it. I think farms here are established and they will stick around.
• Favorite TV show?
“Lizard Lick Towing”
• Favorite movie?
• Favorite book?
I like to read farm and dairy magazines.
• Favorite vacation spot?
I like to go to Harrisonburg to cattle shows. I like the scenery.
• Favorite food?
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Respect people and always help them out, even if you don’t like them, because sometime down the road, you might need them. Help people, be respectful, and be kind. I learned that from my whole family.
• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad. He’s a firefighter at Quantico. I look up to him because he helps a lot of people with his job. I thought it would be cool to follow in his footsteps.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Help a lot of people out if they needed it. Spend some and save some and donate to people or organizations. Probably buy a couple cows.
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