Lynn Benedict, Lewisburg
Member of the Advance Judges Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Dairy Goat Association
“I grew up in Pennsylvania and always wanted to be a farmer. I came to West Virginia in 1972 and fell in love with it. I love the land, and I love the people. People ask me why, and maybe it’s stubbornness, but I think it’s an amazing place.”
“Goats can be a real pain, but they generally like people and are very friendly. There was a lot of trial and error in building our facility. I had to learn to feed and take care of them and keep them healthy. There was a learning curve with health, because I didn’t have a mentor to help me—there were only five members of the American Dairy Goat Association when I first started raising goats—and there is some lack in vet knowledge when it comes to them. You’ve got to make sure you have good sense, or you shouldn’t get goats.”
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
“I am joining the Board of Directors for West Virginia Healing Home, a facility that supports expecting mothers in their journey through addiction, helping them get and stay clean. We offer them support in all forms: clothes, job interviews, babysitting, classes. It won’t be easy, but it’s really important work. These women aren’t throwaways—they just need help.”
Learn more about our Wonder Women
Since 2014 WV Living magazine has been honoring West Virginia Wonder Women, amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. WV Living is proud to celebrate these Appalachian mothers, millennials, and mavens proving that in a time full of uncertainty, divisiveness, and hate, love for one another is all we really need. No need for bulletproof bracelets or a golden lasso of truth—these women are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.