Mar 31, 2015
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum has a display panel in its Central Corridor that honors the annual New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau Farm Family of the Year.
The 2014 honorees are John and Josie York of Grant County.
John and Josie York's story is one of "Mother Knows Best." Josie was a student at New Mexico A&M and worked as a cashier in a department store managed by John's mother. She encouraged him to ask Josie on a date while he was back on leave from the Navy, and the rest is history.
The couple was soon married, and John spent another year in the Navy before earning dual degrees in horticulture and biology at New Mexico A&M. He then went to work for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, where he spent his entire career. After John's retirement in 1992, the Yorks purchased an apple orchard in the Mimbres Valley. There they grow asparagus, table grapes, and several varieties of apples - including Winesaps, Golden Delicious and Jonathans, and several antique varieties including Jonagold, Arkansas Black and Sweet Sixteen. They market their apples through farmer's markets in New Mexico and Arizona, and through word of mouth.
The York family includes four children: Craig, Daunann, Nolen and Heather, along with 10 grandchildren, the eldest of which is now completing her doctorate degree as a pharmacist. The Yorks have been active in Grant County Farm Bureau for over 20 years, with John serving as president and also on the state board. They have hosted pancake breakfasts at the county fair to recruit members, built many parade floats, and have found new ways to involve local 4-H and FFA students with county farm bureau activities. We thank the York family for all they do.