Maynard bought Sunrise Farms in 2003 looking for a way to provide employment for his family. With a background in farming, this venture seemed to be a logical step in pursuing the dream of a family operated business. Maynard has always valued hard work, customer service, and quality products. The growth of the feed mill and meat store demonstrate his commitment to these values. Maynard enjoys working with the livestock, managing the farming operation, and bringing greater efficiency to the milling process. He is happy to be working closely on the family farm with several of his sons and a son-in-law. In a spare moment from farm work, Maynard is likely to be spending time with his grandchildren.
“Sunrise Farms was built on the values of strong work ethic, a love for being close to nature and a desire to serve our community.”
– Maynard Miller
General Farm Manager
Anthony, one of Maynard’s sons, has worked on the farm since its purchase in 2003. Beginning with managing the feed mill, he has lately been taking on the general management of the farm. Anthony works with local farms and grain suppliers to secure quality non-GMO grains and natural feed mixes. He also oversees general bookkeeping in the office. When free from farm responsibility, Anthony spends time with his wife and four children and volunteers with his church and the local fire department.
Feed Mill Production and Feed Delivery
Jeffrey, another of Maynard’s sons, coordinates the feed deliveries and manages feed mill production. He communicates regularly with our customers to schedule feed deliveries and also helps in the office. Jeffrey enjoys a relaxing evening after work and spending time with friends.
Meat Store Manager
Jonathan, the oldest of Maynard’s sons, lives on site with his family and six children. He manages sales and inventory for the farm meat store which he works in during the evenings and on weekends when he is free from teaching at a private Christian school. Jonathan loves birding and making music with others.
Our financial manager, Jason, sees after the farm bookkeeping and accounting. Jason, with his varied experience – working in his father’s feedmill, a stint in aviation electronics, and bookkeeping –brings expertise that makes him a valuable asset to our non-GMO Mill and farming operation. Jason lives in Singer’s Glen with his wife and two young sons. He enjoys reading and traveling when time allows.
When you call the office, you will most likely talk to Dusty, our office administrator. He brings several years of experience in sales and customer service and works hard to make your encounter with us effortless and satisfying. Whether you are needing our non-GMO feeds or all-natural meats, Dusty will be able to get you the assistance you need. When not busy at the farm, you might find Dusty with a fresh brew of espresso or playing guitar.
Livestock and Farm
Dennis cares for most of the livestock on the farm and oversees pasture rotation and hay making. While he has a knack for working with animals and operating machinery, Dennis also designs and builds needed pieces of equipment for the farm. He gives care and thought to his work. When not on the farm, Dennis spends time with his wife Sheralyn and infant son in addition to volunteering at their church and at the local fire department.
Mowing and Lawn Care
Arlen, another of Maynard’s sons, lives on site, and keeps the grass mowed around the family farm buildings as a side job. In addition, he is full-time manager of Miller’s Small Engine located several miles south of Stuarts Draft. Arlen loves to grill and spend time with his wife and five children.
Dan sees after the janitorial work in the office, store, and feed mill. In addition, he carefully grades the eggs and stocks them in our store front. Although retired for a number of years, Dan works carefully and efficiently. He always has time, however, to stop for a friendly chat.
Irvin, Maynard’s father, sweeps and cleans the feed mill daily. Thanks to his work, our mill is one of the cleanest around. At 90 years-old, Irvin is grateful to be physically active even stacking a few bags of feed occasionally. He takes his responsibility seriously with the self-proclaimed title of “Beautifying Engineer.”
Allen oversees the daily operations of the feed mill--mixing, grinding, bagging and unloading and receiving grain. In addition, he is responsible for general mill maintenance. Allen brings a cheerful disposition and a willingness to go beyond what is expected. Allen enjoys a good cookout with friends and family.
Merle grinds and mixes feed, operates the bagger, and loads feed for customers. He works hard for customer satisfaction and is quick to strike up a conversation with anyone. Merle helps to keep the mill organized and clean. Merle is also involved in his local church.
Kenneth is the latest addition to the feed mill team. His attention to detail and deadlines helps to ensure that orders are completed accurately and on time. When not working in the mill, Kenneth volunteers at the local Stuarts Draft Fire Department. As an avid train enthusiast, you might find him tracking the closest freight locomotive or riding a passenger car for fun.
Bagged Feed Delivery
Paul, the latest member to join our team, brings years of truck driving experience to his role as delivery driver. In addition, Paul’s management position in a large non-profit for 10 years has given him a diverse set of skills in general property maintenance and employee relations. When not on feed delivery, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and family of seven children.
Bulk Feed Delivery
Jonathan delivers bulk feed throughout the central Virginia region. A careful driver, he will be sure your feed arrives safely. When not in the truck, Jonathan helps Dennis care for the livestock putting to good use his experience growing up on a dairy farm. In addition, he is our Poultry Processing Supervisor. Married to Maynard’s daughter Andrea, he loves to spend time with his four boys as well as tend to his fish ponds at Barterbrook Trout.
Poultry Grower & Processing
David brings a lifetime of varied experience to the farm. While he serves primarily as our poultry grower, he has driven trucks for years and fills in frequently as one of our delivery drivers. In addition, he and his wife Miriam help process chickens and turkeys. In general, David is just the handyman that every farm needs.
Chicken Processing & Packaging
Miriam heads up our poultry packaging while also helping with chicken and turkey processing. This part-time role allows her to babysit her grandchildren. Previous owners of Miller’s Bake Shoppe, she and her husband David enjoy the diverse pace and schedule of the farm.
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