Blanchardville family talks about ‘amazing’ visit with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Blanchardville family talks about ‘amazing’ visit with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Photo courtesy: Ashley Gant

During his American tour of visiting 30 states in one year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to visit a farm in Blanchardville.

“It was amazing,” Ashley Gant said.

The Gant family lives on the farm off County Line Road, and welcomed Zuckerberg with open arms Sunday afternoon.

Ashley said the visit came together thanks to a Facebook post her boyfriend’s brother shared. He and his children visited the Gant farm not long ago, and shared pictures of their adventures. It turns out, one of his Facebook friend’s, Derek, works on Zuckerberg’s team and reached out to Ashley.

“I though they were pulling my chain, and I still don’t know if I believe that it actually happened,” Ashley said.

Her father, Jed Gant, wanted to give Zuckerberg a real farm experience.

“He was able to see some of the cows and the calves. He also fed a calf,” Jed said.

Zuckerberg was also seen riding on the Gant’s four-generation old tractor.

“It’s the first (tractor) my dad drove. It’s the first one my brother drove. It’s the first one my son and my daughters drove. It also taught Mark Zuckerberg. It’s the first tractor he ever drove,” Jed said.

The visit lasted three and a half hours, topping off with a nice home-cooked meal.

“Everything on that table was pretty much raised here. That was one of the keys, why he wanted to come. Certainly, he doesn’t get that very often,” Jed said.

The Gant’s said Zuckerberg is making the trip around the states to get to know different communities. They went on to say he is a really down-to-Earth person, who showed a lot of care and appreciation for farming.

“My family is, I think, very honored that he came to our farm. It was a true honor,” Ashley said.