2019 Farmer Of The Year Winner
In 2019, Johnny Wishon was honored with the distinction of winning farmer of the year for the state of North Carolina.
Johnny was nominated by Callie Birdsell Carson, Field Representative, North Carolina, Farm Bureau Federation. She says, “Johnny has such a unique operation as a sole proprietor, growing Christmas trees, pumpkins, gourds, and greenery. I’ve always found him to be a laid back, highly intelligent, well-respected man in the community who enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of agriculture with others. Growing half a million trees, he’s conscientious of the environment, innovative, and relatable. There’s more than one reason why people around here call him ‘Mr. Christmas.’”
In May of 2019, a panel of judges toured Wishons farm to see the facility as well as the surrounding farms. Later in the summer, they made a decision from several other farms, to grant Wishon the winner.
"It was such an honor and privilege to win this award, and I am truly humbled." Johnny said.