Steve & Merrick Murray

Steve and Merrick, son Twohy, wife Sara and grandson Isaac, son Joseph, wife Sarah and grandson Gus, daughter Merrill

Steve and Merrick live at Panorama Farms and have lived in the original farm house for the last 25 years. Steve has spent most his life in conventional agriculture. In the last twenty years, he has transformed Panorama from a cattle farm into a much more sustainable uses. After abandoning conventional agriculture in 1997, Steve signed a contract with the City of Charlottesville to accept their collected leaves and began Panorama Paydirt, a large scale composting operation that continues today. Other activities here at Panorama include a cross country running course that hosts high school and college events, and a wedding venue.

Merrick has been retired from banking since 2005. In her retirement, she works as the bookkeeper for Panorama Paydirt and corporations related to Panorama. She enjoys gardening, rowing on the local reservoir and is active in The Garden Club.

Our oldest son Twohy and his wife Sara were married in 2009 and have lived in San Francisco for the last ten years. Both are graduates of William and Mary, and Sara attended medical school at UCSF in San Francisco. Twohy works for the environmental consulting firm CH2M as an environmental data scientist. Sara is a physician and a hospitalist at UCSF medical center. Their son Isaac Samuel turns one in May. They enjoy life hiking, biking, surfing and swimming with Isaac.

The second son Joseph and wife Sarah married in 2008 and live outside Baltimore Md. with their son James Augustus. Gus just celebrated his first birthday in January. Both Joe and Sarah have pursued academic carriers after receiving PhD’s in the last year; Joe in electrical engineering from the UMd- College Park, and Sarah in public health from Johns Hopkins University. They both remain at those institutions as postdoctoral research fellows. They enjoy themselves with traveling and family runs with their almost human, hound mix Jinja.

Our daughter Merrill is living and working in beautiful Asheville North Carolina. She enjoys working with horses and taking walks with her dog. She spent several years working with autistic children and hopes to return to the social work. Her ultimate dream is to settle here at Panorama Farms.


Merrill, Joe, Sarah, Steve, Merrick, Twohy, Sara


Twohy, Isaac, Sara


Sarah, Gus, Joe