Our Team

Meredith Gilmore

Market Manager/Director of Sales and Distribution

Meredith grew up on a farm outside of Front Royal, Virginia where she developed her passion for gardening, animals, and all things outside. After graduating college, she spent some time traveling and ended up living and working in Northern California, learning different homesteading skills and attending The California School of Herbal Medicine in Sonoma County. She moved back to her hometown in 2019 where she began working for organic vegetable farms and local farmer markets before landing here at F. T. Valley Farm.

Meredith is an experienced equestrian and when she is not at the orchard, she is usually on a horse, training and trail riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains. She and her partner, Brett, also love to spend their free time camping and canoeing on the Shenandoah River with their dogs, Mea and Nala.

Brett Elford

Orchard Manager/Head Pomologist

Brett is originally from Front Royal, Virginia. After graduating high school, Brett moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began working in the agriculture business for over 10 years. In 2020, Brett decided to make the move back to his hometown of Front Royal.

He came to F. T. Valley Farm in the Fall of 2022 and is now managing the 44 acres of orchard. When he is not on the tractor, Brett enjoys riding his motorcycle on back roads and fly fishing on the local rivers. He is also an avid bowhunter and when the season is right, you will find him (or not) deep in the mountains. He has a passion for the outdoors and our native wildlife.

Jason Woodward

Cattle Manager

Born and raised in beautiful Madison County, Jason has been around cattle for as long as he can remember. His grandparents, who lived nearby, had dairy cattle that they used to provide milk, cheese, butter, and meat for their family. After school, Jason would help with the evening chores, feeding hay and grain and doing some of the milking.

Jason always wanted to have cattle of his own, so at age 14, he helped his dad lay brick and block during the summer to save enough money to accomplish his goal. Before school started that fall, he purchased two Hereford heifers and he has had beef cattle ever since.

An avid hunter, Jason enjoys raising and training Plott Hounds which he uses for his sport. His wife and best friend, Katie, had previously enjoyed showing coonhounds at the state and national level. The couple now use their Plott Hounds for the dual purpose of showing and working. In 2022, they had great success with a female named Honey who was crowned the Purina Outstanding Show Plott Hound of the Year, World Show Champion Plott Hound Female and National Grand Champion Plott Hound Female.

For the last 5 years, Jason has been part of the team at F. T. Valley Farm, where he manages the beef cattle herd. The herd consists of Sim/Angus cows and bulls. These two breeds of cattle are his personal favorites for soundness, productivity, temperament, and longevity. Jason’s favorite part of his job is calving season. Going into the pasture and seeing calves born is very exciting to him, and the bond between the mother and her calf is quite amazing.


Loved by all, Oliver is one of a kind and is the definition of chill. He’s cool, collected, unfazed, and sometimes aloof. He’s also polite, gentle, smart as a whip and absolutely gorgeous. A rescue pup from South Carolina, Oliver’s mother was a Boykin Spaniel and his father was part Chesapeake Bay Retriever, part hound, and part Chow Chow (!).

Oliver is a working dog. For the past seven years, he’s been a card-carrying member of Therapy Dogs International. When he visits schools, he relishes the opportunity to let children read to him, pet him, and hug him. This handsome guy is also a passionate hunter– he retrieves waterfowl and doves for his dad and brother.

When not working, Oliver spends his free time chasing squirrels and foxes, digging for groundhogs, and capturing mice. Chung, as his brother calls him, is our loyal and loving boy. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet him on your next visit to the orchard.


Penny, also known as Peggy or Sky (from Paw Patrol), is our sweet rescue pup with a mind of her own. A redbone coonhound from southwest Virginia, she was emaciated when we adopted her and therefore she is obsessed with food. Penny has a heart of gold and wouldn’t hurt a flea– she loves all people and all animals, but is a bit cautious around German Shepherds. Penny is all hound. This means she tends to wander. One day last fall, a customer found her in the middle of F. T. Valley Road!

When not sleeping or eating, Penny enjoys playing with Oliver and chasing squirrels and foxes.