Mark and Mindy Robinson oral history interview, 2019 March 18
Mark and Mindy Robinson are the owners of Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a two acre urban farm with five hydroponic greenhouses. They employ five full time employees, and distribute their produce through the Matthews Community Farmers Market, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, and multiple high-end restaurants in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Tega Hills Farm dates back to the early 1970s as the brainchild of a chemist who was interested in hydroponic science and growing tomatoes. The farm was purchased by the Robinsons from its second owner in 1999. They became profitable around 2004 when Mr. Robinson decided to try growing microgreens. This interview covers the history of Tega Hills Farm, its owners, farming techniques, and their relationship with the community over the past twenty years. The Robinsons describe their devotion to the farm and community, and concern for the welfare of their workers.