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About Mike Folk

IMAG0184I was born and raised in Berkeley County. I was raised on the family farm (in the family since 1828) along with my three brothers and one sister. I was taught personal and financial responsibility early on by my father and mother… and the value of hard work. I went to local schools, graduating from Hedgesville High in 1987. I graduated Cum Laude from Shepherd College in 1992 with a BS in Economics and an MBA from West Virginia University in 1994.

I spent early childhood as a farm boy with aspirations of reopening the Milking Parlor on the family farm; going so far as to completely cleaning and scrubbing it (the first milking parlor in Berkeley County). Needless to say, I did not get the parlor open. I did raise 100 laying hens and sold eggs to local people for several years… Including 20 dozen a week to Pattersons Drug store for their breakfast counter. I used the profits from this enterprise to buy and raise several cattle over the years.

During my youth until the age of twenty-one I was a member of 4-H, attending Tri-County 4-H camp for many years. I was honored to receive the Health H a few times, my Charting Pin, and finally Spirit of Camp my final year while Chief of the Delaware tribe when we won the “Spirit Stick”. The 4-H experience was one of the most rewarding and positive influences in my life. I continued to attend camp as a volunteer counselor for many years.

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