JK Moving Services CEO and Founder Chuck Kuhn has acquired 305 acres of western Loudoun farmland from Cisco Systems Co-Founder Sandy Lerner for $4 million.
One of the largest land owners in the county, Kuhn said his goal is to expand the operations of his nonprofit JK Community Farm, according to the Washington Business Journal. The farmland, which is adjacent to his Lincoln area home, totals 1,400 acres.
Kuhn told the Times-Mirror that securing the deal took approximately four years. The land will be used to expand the beef operation by grazing cattle.
“We're just excited,” Kuhn said. “It's a beautiful farm. It's going to be a great addition to our home property, and it's also going to fill a nice void, giving us additional grazing area for the cattle for the JK Community Farm.”
Founded in 2018, the nonprofit JK Community Farm provides people facing food insecurity with fresh fruit, vegetables, protein and food education.
An estimated 14,000 Loudoun residents suffer from food insecurity, and half of those served at food pantries are children, according to nonprofit officials.
In 2018, Kuhn estimated the farm provided more than 50,000 pounds of organic vegetables and another 50,000 pounds of beef, chicken, pork and venison to Loudoun Hunger Relief and other pantries across the region.
“It's been remarkable,” Kuhn said. “It's one of the neatest things about the program. We've got major corporations that are allowing our employees to come out during business hours and volunteer. We've got local schools, we've got church groups—it has been a tremendous, tremendous success.”