May 30, 2014
By Reynolds Hutchins
For three generations, the Farmer family has been in the alternative energy business.
“Before we even knew it was alternative,” Ed Farmer joked.
The industry has come a long way since the propane business Farmer’s father and grandfather built in Caroline County.
As Farmer prepares to venture out on a family business of his own, though, he revels in how much remains the same. Whether it’s 1950 or 2014, Farmer said, American drivers have always been in the market for cleaner, cheaper and domestic fuels.
Today, Farmer is the president of Future Energy LLC, one of several hundred new businesses across the nation banking on America’s natural gas prospects. Based in Virginia Beach and run by Farmer and his wife, Future Energy engages and encourages businesses and public entities in the transportation sector to convert their vehicle fleets to natural gas.
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