Rick Hutson Celebrates 5 Year Work Anniversary at Boys Home

Director of Facilities Jason Bush and Tree Farm Manager Rick Hutson (left/right)

Boys Home staff and students are excited to announce Rick Hutson’s five-year work anniversary. He serves as the tree farm manager at the Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm. Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, Rick’s initial connection to Boys Home was through a good friend and alumnus Rick Turner. Prior to his current role, Rick owned a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business. Boys Home is fortunate to have his assistance on the tree farm and on campus with maintenance needs. The Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm was acquired through a bequest from Joanne Tannehill. She wanted her seventy-acre Augusta County tree farm to be used as a teaching and learning experience for the students. The sales at the tree farm directly benefit Boys Home, which is 98% privately funded.

Rick states, “I love the tranquility of being on the tree farm. It is very peaceful, and the scenery is beautiful. The students enjoy visiting as well. They can hike and fish in the two ponds on the property. They also enjoy the farm animals which include four goats, three pigs and Wilbur the donkey. I have enjoyed the relationships developed with the students who return throughout the year. For many of the students, being on a farm is an incredible new experience. The task of maintaining the tree farm is year-round. In the spring of 2023, we will plant 600 new seedlings. It has taken me a while to figure out a system that works with the soil to yield the best results. I finally feel like I have it figured out after many years of trial and error.” The Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm helps support the mission by serving as a place where students can grow mentally, physically and socially. Congratulations, Rick!

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