David Correll oral history interview, 2019 March 29
David Correll, a farmer from Cleveland, North Carolina, recounts his family farm's history dating back to the late nineteenth century, and discusses how the farm has changed over this time. Mr. Correll explains, for example, how his father and uncle started growing tomatoes on the farm for extra pocket money, and how tomatoes have now become the largest crop Correll Farms produces. He also reflects on the changes to the farm's operations caused by events such as a downturn in the dairy industry, which forced the sale of their cattle in 2005 and ended a more than fifty year run as a Grade A dairy farm. He discusses how the fateful 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center could potentially have stopped the sale of part of the farm and changed the course of their success if it had happened just a few days later. Mr. Correll also covers topics such as the changes in safety processes in farming, organic farming, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and the impact of international agricultural markets on the farming industry in America. His experiences include constructing a hydroponic system and chemical mixing station on his farm in attempts to successfully produce healthy crops and find new ways for people to farm. He also discusses farmers markets in detail, and their future in Charlotte, and he concludes his interview by reflecting on the future of agriculture.