Like any normal American family, The Scalfs work hard and play hard. If they aren't coming, they are going. And with 2 young adults and 1 teenager, life can get pretty busy. But to make Kornegay Hereford Farms successful, each member of the family shares a passion to continue the family farm and share the love of farming with others.
Kornegay Hereford Farms is proud to be a female-owned farm as Karen Scalf is the Chief FarmHER and CEO. She handles all of the breeding and management of the cattle herds. She is also a fierce mama bear and an involved community member. When not tending to the cows, visiting the hogs, checking on the chickens, or making sure everyone has something for supper, she sits on the Duplin County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (20+ years and still going!), was the Vice-President of the Duplin County Cattleman's Association, and continues as an agrarian advocate for regenerative farming and building stronger farm families and communities.
Karen's husband Gary has been active in agriculture all of his life. He was co-owner in Rainman Irrigation serving farmers and hog producers with irrigation equipment before pursuing a career in aircraft mechanics with GE in Durham, NC and Mountain Air Cargo of Kinston, NC. Gary is one of those dads that can fix almost anything, is slow to speak but somehow always teaching a lesson, and ready to give a supportive hug or "attaboy" all the time.
All 3 Scalf kids grew up in the seat of a tractor raking and baling hay, driving farm trucks, and working cattle. Each one embodies the farm spirit in their own way and loves animals along with the beauty of nature. Each one has a deep appreciation for stewardship of the land.
Oldest daughter Katlyn is finishing her nursing degree while working at Duke ER. Whenever she has the chance she returns home, slides on the Carhartts, and gets right back out to the herd.
Middle kid Daniel is currently a freshman at UNCW. He is studying mechanical engineering.
Youngest daughter Taylor is the shy one of the bunch who loves horseback riding, hanging out with her girlfriends, and baking (wait until you taste her Orange Cinnamon Buns with Fresh Icing!).
Karen and Gary have been married for 25 years and have made Duplin County, NC their permanent home. They love the quiet life and their life on the farm but they enjoy sharing it with their three children best! Don't be fooled though. Day-to-day cattle work requires all hands on deck. The Scalf family is always happy to welcome friends and neighbors into the fold, teaching them about regenerative farming, animal husbandry, and letting them take part in an old fashion cattle drive. As it was once said and is now practiced every day at Kornegay Hereford Farms, "The family that works together, grows together."