Dee Dee Clements Darden of
Isle of Wight County is the Southeast Region winner in the annual ’s Farmers Farm Mom of the Year program (Photo courtesy of America's Farmers). America
Voting continues through May 12 for Monsanto’s
America’s Farmers 2012 Farm Mom of the Year recognition, and there’s a farm mom among the finalists! Virginia
Nominations from farm families all over the
were submitted earlier this spring, and Delores “Dee Dee” Clements Darden recently was named Southeast Region winner. United States
Darden and her husband, Tommy, raise peanuts, cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, pumpkins and beef cattle on 600 acres near
. They also run Darden’s Country Store, a family-run business since 1952, where they cure and sell 1,000 hams a year. Smithfield
In addition to her farm and store duties, she organizes educational events each fall for more than 1,500 local schoolchildren and their parents at her family’s farm.
Darden chairs the Virginia Small Grains Checkoff Board and serves on her county board of supervisors. She is a past president of the Virginia Grains Producers and a past chairman of the National Peanut Board.