The Queen's Garden: Oral Histories of the Piedmont Foodshed

Thomas E. Barbee oral history interview, 2019 March 05
Tommy Barbee, fifth-generation owner of T.&A. Barbee Family Farm located in Concord, North Carolina, discusses the changes he has witnessed in farming over the course of his lifetime. He recounts assisting his grandparents and parents on the farm growing up in the 1960s and 1970s as well as his father's focus on pork production. He explains why he did not originally want his son Brent to become a full time farmer due to the low income farming provides, but is now pleased with the decision. Mr. Barbee describes Brent's initiatives and changes to the farm's operation, bringing all 70 acres into full production with more diversification of crops and an increased workforce via the H-2A agricultural work program. He mentions the decline in local farming due to the Food Modernization Act, which put stricter regulations on food products grown in the United States. He explains how the widening of I-85 would have cut his farm in half if his customer base had not come out in support of his farm at the public meeting for the widening. Mr. Barbee also discusses how the market determines what products they grow on the farm, which include for example kale, strawberries, and rosemary plants., Thomas Barbee was a 58-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on his farm in Concord, North Carolina. He was born in Concord, North Carolina in 1960. He was educated at the local high school and had vocational training as a farmer. He is employed as a farmer and is the owner of T.&A. Barbee Family Farm., Extraneous Noise due to location on a farm, Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Schoch oral history interview, 2019 March 12, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Kate Brun oral history interview, 2019 April 4
Kate Brun, founder, owner, and operator of Lucky Leaf Gardens, (LLG), in Harrisburg, North Carolina, discusses the greenhouse farming of microgreens, and the past, current, and future operations of LLG, a business she started from her home in 2010. The interview, conducted outdoors in an open-air pavilion, covers a variety of topics, including: greenhouse agriculture and the cultivation of microgreens; the evolution of LLG from a life-long gardening hobby, to a small home business, to a 3,600 square foot greenhouse agricultural operation with an East Coast direct-to-restaurant, retail and wholesale distribution network; the use of technology in greenhouses and small-scale agriculture; grow-to-order crop production; agricultural education outreach programs in local schools; developing community ties through classes and events at LLG's Forest Farm; organic farming practices and the USDA's "Good Agricultural Practices" certification process; the Food Safety Management Act; LLG's adoption of permaculture techniques; the status of Charlotte's agricultural scene, including its microgreen industry, agricultural future, and potential to elevate Charlotte into a "foodie town" and culinary destination; the role of the Piedmont Culinary Guild in facilitating farm-to-table dining and public awareness of local farming; and consumers' increasing dietary knowledge and how this has impacted farmers and their operations., Kate Brun was a 44-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place on her off-site farm in Concord, North Carolina. She was born in 1975. She was educated at Radford University and was employed as a contractor for the EPA, a real estate agent, and the owner and operator of Lucky Leaf Gardens., Wind Disturbance on microphone, Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Schoch oral history interview, 2019 March 12, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Kimberly Buch oral history interview, 2019 April 04
Dr. Kim Buch, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), discusses how she helped to found the Jamil Niner Student Pantry in 2012. She describes how in addition to running the food pantry, students maintain a community garden that provides the pantry with fresh vegetables as well as a professional clothing closet. Dr. Buch also describes the Swipe Out Hunger program created by Chartwells, (UNC Charlotte caterer), which allows students with unlimited swipes to transfer two swipes a semester to another student struggling with food insecurity. At UNC Charlotte, 25% of students are food insecure and most are graduate and/or international students. Dr. Buch discusses how the UNC Charlotte community donate most of the food and clothing they use in the pantry and closet. She explains how when they first started the pantry, there was resistance from the university administration because of the idea that college students are privileged middle-class people and therefore did not need a food pantry. She also discusses the former and current sponsors of the pantry including Food Lion and Harris Teeter and how they help the pantry via monetary support, donations, and/or volunteering., Dr. Kim Buch was a 63-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at UNC Charlotte. She was born in Kentucky in 1956. She was educated at Iowa State University for her doctorate degree and was employed as a professor of psychology at UNC Charlotte.
Rebecca Byrd oral history interview, 2019 March 20
History master's student Rebecca Byrd discusses her involvement with the Student Community Garden at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Ms. Byrd discusses topics including student leadership, community gardening, and food insecurity in the Charlotte area. She talks about her personal passion for gardening, while also offering practical information about gardening for beginners. She explains how food is donated from the community garden to the Jamil Niner Student Pantry for distribution to students in need. Other themes she touches on include, the challenges of working with student volunteers, the founding of the Community Garden Club, and access to food for students at UNC Charlotte., Rebecca Byrd was a graduate student at UNC Charlotte at the time of the interview, which took place at the student community garden at UNC Charlotte. She was born in Massachusetts. She was educated at Queen’s University; Howard University; and UNC Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Doug Carrigan oral history interview, 2019 March 27
Doug Carrigan is the fourth generation owner of Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, North Carolina. His family has been farming the land in Mooresville since 1902. Doug discusses the evolution of his farm through the generations and the evolution of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and organic food in the contemporary market. He explains the vital role that word of mouth, whether through social media or otherwise, plays in growing his business. He also discusses how he diversified his farm from a produce farm to what he terms a "private park" that has a swimming quarry, pick your own produce, and events such as weddings and a haunted trail., The interview took place at Doug Carrigan’s farm, Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. Mr. Carrigan was educated at North Carolina State University and was employed as the owner of Carrigan Farms., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Lucy Bush Carter oral history interview, 2019 March 6
In this interview, Lucy Bush Carter, the Executive Director of Friendship Trays in Charlotte, North Carolina, discusses the history of the organization, its evolution, and partnerships with other organizations over time. She describes how Friendship Trays began in the 1970s alongside several other non-profit organizations that came into being to address the needs of vulnerable populations in Charlotte. Friendship Trays grew out of an initiative between several churches in the Elizabeth neighborhood, who came together to provide weekly lunches for the elderly. The organization grew into a comprehensive food delivery service with its own kitchen by 1989. Ms. Carter describes in detail the evolution of Friendship Gardens, a network of local gardens, and an urban farm based at Garinger High School, that supply fresh produce to Friendship Trays. She describes how Friendship Gardens developed as part of the Friendship Trays organization, with the assistance of various partners, including Slow Food Charlotte, and local supporter Bruce Parker. She discusses how Friendship Trays has now partnered with The Bulb, created by Alisha Pruett, which helps with their mobile market. She mentions her collaboration with Loaves & Fishes to provide pantry food items to their clients. Ms. Carter details the significant work of Friendship Trays volunteers who deliver meals to at risk people, emphasizing the important and life changing relationships they develop with clients., At the time of the interview Lucy Bush Carter was a 66 year old woman. The interview took place at her office in South End, Charlotte, North Carolina. She was first employed as a music teacher. She volunteered for Friendship Trays, a non-profit organization in Charlotte, from 1985 until the 1990s when she was hired as a staff member. She became the Executive Director of Friendship Trays in the 2000s., Mendy Godman, Sue Hawes, and Kim Aprill oral history interview, 2019 March 27, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
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., David Correll was a 44-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on his farm in Cleveland, North Carolina. He was born in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1974. He was educated at North Carolina State University and was employed as the farmer and owner of Correll Farms., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Carie Deneau oral history interview, 2019 April 10
At the time of the interview Carie Deneau had worked at Tega Hills Farm in York County, South Carolina, for a little over five years. Her primary duties included product weighing, seeding, and seedling transfers to the farm's greenhouses. Prior to working for Tega Hills Farm, she worked in the healthcare field and specifically in hospice care for twenty years, eventually leaving due to burnout and to pursue farmwork. Ms. Deneau describes how she worked at a large scale produce farm in Delaware in her early twenties, which provided training to ease her into farming at Tega Hills Farm. Topics in this interview include transitions from working in healthcare to farming, musings on scientific farming and the future of farming, and production of healthy food for introduction back into the American diet., Carie Deneau was a 59-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina.She was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1960. She was educated at Catonsville Community College (Community College of Baltimore County) in Maryland; Delaware Technical Community College in Delaware; and York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina.She was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant in hospice care, and as a farm worker at Tega Hills Farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina., Lisa Sherman oral history interview, 2019 April 10, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mark and Mindy Robinson oral history interview, 2019 March 18, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Elizabeth Anne Dover oral history interview, 2019 March 13
Elizabeth Anne Dover is a lifetime resident of Concord, North Carolina. Ms. Dover received a degree in medieval Spanish from Davidson College before settling on a career as a winemaker and farmer. She owns The Farm at Dover Vineyards, a produce farm and vineyard located near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She opened her business in 2009. However, her family has farmed in the Charlotte region since the mid-1700s. Ms. Dover provides insight into the challenges and satisfaction of small-scale farming and selling produce in the Charlotte region. She discusses the physical and economic effects of Charlotte's growth on historic farmlands and describes how public perceptions of small-scale southern farming are at odds with the realities., Elizabeth Dover was a 33-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place on her farm in Concord, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1985.. She was educated at Davidson College for her Bachelor of Arts degree and North Carolina State University for her Bachelor of Science degree. She also has a post baccalaureate certificate from the University of California, Davis, Continuing and Professional Education. Ms. Dover was employed as a winemaker, farmer and bartender and was the owner of The Farm at Dover Vinyards at the time of the interview., Wind Disturbance, Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Shelley Proffitt Eagan oral history interview, 2019 April 26
In this interview Shelley Proffitt Eagan discusses her work as an owner/operator of a cattle company for the previous ten years in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Topics include how the farm began, methods used to raise cattle for slaughter, the process to become USDA certified organic, and the changes that have been made to the farm over the years. She recounts the farm's rotational grazing process and describes the types of grasses the cattle eat. Ms. Eagan explains why it is important for both the health of the cattle and the grass to rotate the herd. She recounts an incident from a few years earlier when a farmer lost a cow because she ate toxic plants in his pasture, and discusses grass management. Mrs. Eagan also mentions instances of sexism from farmers that she encountered when she began cattle farming., Shelley Eagan was a 46-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on her farm in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. She was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1972. She was educated at the University of Georgia and was employed as a farmer., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Anson Eaves oral history interview, 2019 March 28
Anson Eaves, owner and operator of Bethel Feed & Farm in Midland, North Carolina, discusses the past, current, and future operations of the feed mill, a third generation business originally owned by his grandfather. The interview covers a variety of topics: the history of the Eaves family's involvement in the local farming community; the changing character of family farmers and their lifestyle; the feed milling process and business, including local sourcing of raw ingredients and the different types of livestock feed; the customization of livestock feed; the impact and cost of increased regulatory oversight, including the Food Safety Modernization Act; the impact and cost of organic farming, farm-to-fork, and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) movements on the feed milling industry; and the current and future status of regional agriculture., Anson Eaves was a 48-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place on his farm in Midland, North Carolina.He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1970. He was educated at Warren Wilson College and was employed as a feed mill owner and operator at Bethel Feed & Farm, which was started by his grandfather in 1957., Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Grover, March 12, 2019, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Ronald Edwards oral history interview, 2019 March 11
Ronald Edwards, the general manager of Springs Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina, reflects on the history of the farm and his personal farming experiences. Mr. Edwards discusses the origins and legacy of the farm, the size of the operation, and the businesses that comprise Springs Farms, which include its farmers market, retail store, and growing fields. He details the food that they produce, including the Carolina Reaper peppers, peaches, strawberries, and various vegetables, and he examines challenges that the farm has faced such as the current rainy weather conditions. Mr. Edwards also discusses the interaction between the farm and the local community, and how certain crops like the Carolina Reaper are certified organic while others are not, due to the importance of keeping costs down while competing with larger corporate farms. Mr. Edwards' descriptions and accounts clearly illustrate the challenges faced by farmers in the region during an era of change, encompassing organic strategies and competition from corporate farming., Ronald Edwards was a 55-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at Springs Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He was born in Fort Mill, South Carolina in 1964. He was educated at Nashville Auto Diesel College which is now known as the Lincoln College of Technology and was employed as the general manager of Springs Farm., Background noise, Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Audra Ellis oral history interview, 2019 May 8
Audra Ellis, co-owner of Ellis Farms in Lincolnton, North Carolina, discusses how she and her husband, Rick, originally started with six chickens and two pygmy goats, expanded into crop production, and now focus only on chicken and pork production. Mrs. Ellis explains how the Ellis family is the last family in Lincoln County to make molasses the old fashioned way and has been making it for about eighty years. She talks about how she learned how to treat bumblefoot, (an infection egg chickens commonly get), through videos on YouTube because veterinarians cannot treat chickens. Mrs. Ellis mentions how she and her friend took a short summer course at Western Piedmont Community College which taught them how to take care of various animals including chickens and goats. She explains that along with YouTube videos, she also learned how to take care of the animals through books and asking other farmers in the area. Mrs. Ellis also discusses how she got involved with the farmers market and how many people are ignorant of why the products at the market are more expensive than the ones in Target or Walmart, as well as how farmers have to struggle against the stereotype that they are uneducated ., Audra Ellis was a 46 year old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on her farm in Lincolnton, North Carolina. She was born in Shelby, North Carolina in 1972. She was educated at Gardner-Webb University and was employed as a probation officer as well as the co-owner of Ellis Farms., Vehicle traffic in background
James C. Ferebee oral history interview, 2019 March 19
In this interview, livestock farmer James Ferebee discusses the animals he raises and the rotational grazing methods he employs on his farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Ferebee Farm is five acres and Mr. Ferebee leases another twenty to twenty-five acres. He began farming commercially in 2015, and raises heritage sheep and pigs, as well as chickens and ducks. He also has a small herd of dairy goats for personal milk consumption. Mr. Ferebee explains how his pigs provide meat, his sheep wool, and his chickens meat and eggs, which he sells through farmers markets. He recounts how he first learned about rotational grazing methods, and the benefits it has on the environment and his animals. He explains what heritage sheep are and why they are suited to living in the southeastern United States. Toward the end of the interview Mr. Ferebee recounts surprising elements of farming livestock and discovering the ways that people are ignorant of farming and the origins of their food supplies., James Ferebee was a 20-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at his farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was born in 1998 in Richmond, Virginia. He was employed as a farmer at the time of the interview., Significant wind interruption, Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Chris Fletcher oral history interview, 2019 April 16
Chris Fletcher discusses his time working on his farm, Green Meadows Acres, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. He explains the reasons he began farming, what he currently grows, and why he chooses to sell his products at the Piedmont Farmers' Market, as well as the benefits of buying from one. He examines the future of both family owned and commercialized farming in the Cabarrus region. Mr. Fletcher also explains his involvement in various community organizations such as the Piedmont Culinary Guild, the Piedmont Farmers' Market, and the Agricultural Extension Office (now NC Cooperative Extension)., Chris Fletcher was a 54-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at Editions Coffee and Bookstore in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina in 1964. He was employed as a farmer at the time of the interview., Minor music and kitchen noises in background, Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Nadine Ford oral history interview 2, 2019 April 18
Nadine Ford grew up in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her love for growing things began in her early childhood when she lived on a farm and learned gardening from her parents and grandparents. This love for gardening transcended into a desire to help her community through teaching, sharing and growing food. She found the opportunity to follow this dream when in 2009 she obtained permission to revive an untended community garden in Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood. The garden became a success, and Mrs. Ford was asked to open another garden in Druid Hills, which she did in 2016. In this interview, Mrs. Ford discusses the history of Charlotte and its inner city, her personal history, and the history of the Little Sugar Creek and Druid Hills gardens. She also reflects on her recent interview on Charlotte's WFAE radio station, where she discussed food deserts and food insecurity with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins. She relates what was discussed during the interview and what was not discussed with respect to Charlotte's problems with food access, racism, segregation and displacement. Other topics in this interview include the challenges faced by the gardens in the Belmont and Druid Hills neighborhoods, with particular reference to volunteer staff and female growers. Highlights include discussions of the growing, donation and distribution of the food from the gardens, and also the opportunities, dialogue, education and advancement provided by those who have volunteered and participated in the gardens' growth. Other organizations that feature in the interview include The Males Place, Charlotte Greens, and Friendship Trace Community Garden. Ms. Ford's descriptions and accounts illustrate the challenges faced by urban farmers and in particular, minorities in the Charlotte region during an era of demographic change and displacement., Nadine Ford was a 56-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Suttles Road, Duncans Creek, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolin in 1963. She was employed as the garden manager of the Little Sugar Creek Community Garden., Nadine Ford oral history interview, November 15, 2015, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, (https://goldmine.uncc.edu/index/render/object/pid/uncc:2379/parentPID/uncc:dh)., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Amy Foster oral history interview, 2019
Amy Foster discusses her twelve years as a livestock farmer and co-owner of Gilcrest Natural Farm in Iron Station, North Carolina. Mrs. Foster describes how her desire to control her food and develop her land were factors that led her to become a full time farmer. She explains why she chose to raise cattle and chickens, and she describes the methods she uses to raise her animals naturally. Other topics Mrs. Foster discusses include farming as a business, the usefulness of the Internet for farmers, the many resources that are available to farmers through the North Carolina State University such as the N.C. Cooperative Extension, the pros and cons of urban development,, local farmers markets, and the importance of educating consumers., Amy Foster was a 53-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Gilcrest Natural Farm in Iron Station, North Carolina. She was born in Hastings, Minnesota in 1965. She received her BA from Hamline University and her MBA from St. Thomas University, both in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was employed as a business analyst and farmer., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Mendy Godman, Sue Hawes, and Kim Aprill oral history interview, 2019 March 27
Mendy Godman, Sue Hawes, and Kim Aprill began the Charlotte, North Carolina, chapter of Food Connection in September 2018. In this interview, they describe how they met, the mission of Food Connection, how it functions, and the larger food distribution network in Charlotte. They detail how Food Connection partners with larger institutions such as The Bulb, Town Brewing, and Catawba Heights Baptist Church, who donate food to them on a weekly basis. Food Connection then distributes the food to those in need.. By rescuing leftover food, Food Connection reduces food waste in addition to fighting hunger. Other topics discussed during the interview include food sanitation practices, donor and recipient eligibility criteria, and the Good Samaritan Law., Mendy Godman was a 41-year old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina.She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1978. She was educated at the University of South Carolina and was employed in sales before becoming one of the three co-founders of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Food Connection chapter. Sue Hawes was a 39-year old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina.She was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1980. She was educated at Northeastern University and was employed as a non-profit worker. She was also one of the three co-founders of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Food Connection chapter at the time of the interview. Kim Aprill was a 44-year old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Buffalo, New York in 1975. She was educated at the University of Buffalo and was employed as a social worker before becoming one of the three co-founders of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Food Connection chapter., Interview sounds far away, Lucy Bush Carter oral history interview, 2019 March 06, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Lara Hall oral history interview, 2019 March 29
Lara Hall, co-owner of Hall Family Farms in Charlotte, North Carolina, describes the history of the farm dating back to the 1920s. The farm originally grew cotton and leased the land to sharecroppers, but the present owners have tried to grow everything from trees, lettuce and cantaloupes to the current crops of strawberries and pumpkins. The Halls, (both former engineers) now focus on agritourism rather than retailing or wholesaling their products. Mrs. Hall discusses the history and the legacy of the farm, its interaction with the local community, and the challenges that the farm faces in its day-to-day operations. Some of these challenges include rainy weather conditions; shortage of labor experienced by their vendors due to immigration laws (but not the Halls themselves); and how they deal with pests. She explains the processes of growing strawberries and pumpkins, and the advantages of urban and spot farming. Additionally, it is interesting to hear how Kevin Hall puts his engineering skills to use by making equipment for the farm. There is obvious joy in Mrs. Hall's voice as she talks about the educational benefits the children get when they visit their farm. This interview clearly illustrates the trials and triumphs of urban farming as the Halls have found a way to survive without having to face competition from corporate farming., Laura Hall was a 49-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place at the Hall Family Farm. She was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1970. She holds a degree in engineering. She was employed as co-owner of Hall Family Farm at the time of the interview., Wind Disturbance
Rickey Hall oral history interview, 2019 April 16
Native Charlottean Ricky Hall has lived in West Charlotte for his entire life, where he has become an important member of numerous neighborhood coalitions and organizations, including the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition and the West Side Community Land Trust. Throughout the interview, Mr. Hall discusses food insecurity in West Charlotte resulting from food deserts, and the importance of the community working internally to combat issues plaguing the area. He describes how he intends to bring greater food and economic security to West Charlotte through his work with community gardens and the opening of a co-op market called the Three Sisters Market., Rickey Hall was a 62-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in the West Boulevard Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1957. He was educated at Queens University of Charlotte and was employed as a non-profit worker.
Emma Hendel oral history interview, 2019 April 20
Emma Hendel discusses her five years as a microgreens farmer and co-owner of Fair Share Farms, LLC in Pfafftown, North Carolina. Mrs. Hendel describes why and how she and her husband, Elliot Seldner, came to North Carolina and started their farm. She explains what microgreens are and why they decided to grow them. Other topics discussed include organic farming methods, Organic Certification versus Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification, urban sprawl, distribution partners, environmental issues, and social media., Emma Hendel was a 30-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Davidson Town Hall in Davidson, North Carolina. She was born in Maryland in 1988. She was educated at Elizabethtown College and was employed as a teacher and farmer., Emma Hendel was a 30-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Davidson Town Hall in Davidson, North Carolina. She was born in Maryland in 1988. She was educated at Elizabethtown College and was employed as a teacher and farmer., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Chantel V. Johnson oral history interview, 2019 April 3
Chantel Johnson, owner of Off the Grid in Color farm in Salisbury, North Carolina, recounts how she first entered agriculture and homesteading in 2016 as a way of healing after the tragic death of her youngest brother to gun violence in Chicago. She shares how she integrates agriculture into her community to educate people on where their food comes from and to teach homesteading as a way of life. Ms. Johnson identifies a disconnect between people and their food, and works to bridge this gap as well as make positive changes for young, new and minority farmers. She utilizes financial support from her community by hosting many events, such as inviting the community to "meet their food," farm-to-table dinners, and Easter egg hunts. She reflects on how the expansion and urbanization of local areas such as Salisbury and Charlotte have affected her farm, and the ways in which she sees herself sustaining and expanding her operations in the future. Ms. Johnson covers topics such as non-GMO farming, organic farming, experiences of minority farmers, farmers markets, and community outreach. She also offers her advice for those interested in entering agriculture or who are interested in homesteading., Chantel Johnson was a 31-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at her farm, Off Grid in Color Farm, in Salisbury, North Carolina. She was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois in 1987. She was educated at Carleton College in Minnesota and the University of Washington in Washington. She was employed as a farmer at the time of the interview.
Cindy McKenzie and Robert Suydam oral history interview, 2019 March 25
Cindy McKenzie and Robert Suydam, leaders of the Avondale Community Giving Garden on the campus of the Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, discuss the history of the garden and its relation to other local social justice organizations. Ms. Mckenzie discusses how the garden got started through a collaboration with the Common Grounds Farm Stand, a volunteer farm stand in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, which raised money for the Urban Ministry. She details how the work to maintain support for the farm stand by growing and donating vegetables became very labor intensive, and how the stand increasingly stocked prepared foods rather than vegetables. Mr. Suydam describes how the community garden subsequently re-focused their efforts to support Friendship Trays, a local organization providing food to the elderly and infirm. Ms. McKenzie and Mr. Suydam continue by describing their recent venture to offer community members the opportunity to rent their own plots in the garden and grow their own food, which has diversified membership. Other subjects discussed during the interview include the types of produce grown in the garden, problems with animals and insects, watering systems, and using a volunteer labor force. Ms. McKenzie and Mr. Sudyam conclude the interview reminiscing about childhood memories of gardening and how those experiences shaped their views about gardening today., Cindy McKenzie was a 60-year old woman at the time of the interview, which took place at Amelie's French Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1959. She was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a B.S. in business administration. She was a financial executive before volunteering at the Avondale community garden. Robert Suydam was a 54-year old man at the time of the interview, which took place at Amelie’s French Bakery in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1965. He was employed as a banker and financial consultant at the time of the interview., Sound quality is not ideal. Original location was compromised and we had to move to the bakery, which is loud and echo-y., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
T. McLeod oral history interview, 2019 March 12
In this interview, T. McLeod talks about his experiences in running his organics business, McLeod Organics, in north Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and his transition from farmer to seller . Mr. McLeod begins by detailing how he originally got into farming, discussing his family's past and mentioning his early organic gardening experiences with his family. He describes how he switched from farming to selling organics, because he saw a growing need for suppliers. As the interview progresses, the subject matter switches to the current difficulties in remaining an organic provider in the face of increasing regulations. Mr. McLeod also talks extensively about homegrown medicines and how he predicts and reacts to that market. The interview ends with a conversation about community involvement in his market as well as hopes and predictions about the future of organic growing in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties., T. McLeod was a 61-year old man at the time of the interview, which took place at McLeod Organics in Huntersville, North Carolina. He was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1958. He was the owner of McLeod Organics at the time of the interview., Minor disturbances of A/C unit and doors
Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Schoch oral history interview, 2019 March 12
Connor Newman and Kim Hodges Schoch of Hodges Family Farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, discuss the past, current, and future operations of the farm. The interview, conducted in the bridal suite of the farm's 1932 barn, focuses on a variety of topics, including the history of the farm and the Hodges family farming traditions, the evolution of the farm and its crops and livestock over the past century, and the transition of the farm from a purely working farm to a combination working and educational farm. Other topics discussed during the interview are the farm's expansion into agritourism and special events; the curriculum Mr. Newman and Ms. Schoch have developed to introduce children to farming; the decline of large family farms and the new generation of younger, smaller-scale urban farmers; the accompanying decline of resources (ranging from in-person educational opportunities to qualified governmental personnel for inspections and certification) to support farmers; the impact of climate change and urban sprawl on farming operations; the Hodges Farm's efforts to expand beyond direct-to-consumer distribution into "farm to table" networks and organic farming; and efforts to deploy ecologically effective farming strategies and techniques at the farm., Connor Newman was a 32-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at his farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Clyde, North Carolina in 1986. He was pursuing an Environmental Science degree at the University of Phoenix and was employed as a farmer at the time of the interview. Kimberly Schoch was a 28-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at her farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Durham, North Carolina] in 1991. She was educated at N.C. State University and was employed as a farmer., Thomas E. Barbee oral history interview, 2019 March 05, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Kate Brun oral history interview, 2019 April 04, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Anson Eaves oral history interview, 2019 March 28, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Aaron Newton oral history interview, 2019 March 29
Aaron Newton is a food advocate and native of Concord, North Carolina. He works as the Lomax Farm Manager for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, where he oversees new farmer training and coordinates other participants at the Elma C. Lomax Research and Education Farm in Concord. Mr. Newton also serves as an Ambassador for Steward, a business platform that helps small-to-midsize sustainable farmers raise financing through online crowdfunding and promotes agricultural research. In this interview he discusses urban farming and the future of farming in the United States. Topics covered by Mr. Newton include his involvement with the Village of Blume project, which was planned as an eco-sustainable community in Harrisburg, North Carolina and how it did not come to full fruition; the pitfalls and obstacles of urban farming in a big city, and some of the advantages such as proximity to customers; bringing the younger generation into farming and the idea of farming as a career; and his views on food and how it has been commodified. In concluding he reflects that a lack of connection with the natural world in modern life has brought some people, including the younger generation, back to farming and gardening., Aaron Newton was a 44-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place at Lomax Farms in Concord, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1975. He was educated at North Carolina State College of Design where he earned his degree in Landscape Architecture, and was employed as the Lomax Farm Manager for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Mr. Newton is the coauthor of A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil, (New Society Publishers, 2009). He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Farmers Market. He previously served as the Development Coordinator for the Cannon Memorial YMCA Share the Harvest Community Farm, and he serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Children WIN - Wellness Initiative Network for Atrium Health Care System Northeast., One phone call disturbance at 32:02, immediately paused and then resumed, Joseph Rowland oral history interview, 2019 March 20, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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., Mark Robinson was a 64-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place on his farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1955 . He was employed as co-owner of Tega Hills Farm. Mindy Robinson was a 54-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on her farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She was born in Wytheville, Virginia in 1965. She was educated at Montreat College in North Carolina for both an associate of science degree and a bachelor’s degree in English. She was employed as co-owner of Tega Hills Farm at the time of the interview., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Joseph Rowland oral history interview, 2019 March 20
Joe Rowland, the owner of Rowland Row Farms in Gold Hill, North Carolina, has been farming for nine years, having initially begun his agricultural career in the Incubator program in Concord, North Carolina. His eighteen acre farm is family-run by himself, his wife, and a team of employees. In 2018 he partnered with a neighboring farm in order to share equipment and labor to efficiently produce organic vegetables. Mr. Rowland discusses his experience as a new farmer, from his time in the Incubator program, to the changes and challenges he has faced running his small family farm. He recounts his childhood, where he first developed his love of agriculture when he spent summers at his grandparents farm in Indiana. Mr. Rowland offers insight into the motives, trials and opportunities available to new farmers in an industry defined by conventional farming. He also discusses an interest in serving his local community, and the ways in which agriculture and the community can support one another., Joe Rowland was a 39-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on his farm in Gold Hill, North Carolina. He was born in Indiana in 1980. He was employed as a farmer at the time of the interview., Aaron Newton oral history interview, 2019 March 29, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Kim Shaw oral history interview, 2019 March 18
Kim Shaw, the owner of Small City Farms in Charlotte, North Carolina, discusses some of the issues with urban farming and recalls some memories of starting the farm in 2007. She explains how urban farming is difficult due to the lack of tax breaks and incentives. Mrs. Shaw mentions the benefits of Fresh List, a mediator between farms and restaurants which provides additional income as well as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that allows the community to come to the farm and pick up produce. Finally, she states that the future of urban farming may be heavily affected by the development of Charlotte., Kim Shaw was a 52-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place on her farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in England in 1966. She was educated at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia where she earned a BA in English, and was employed as the owner of Small City Farms., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Lisa Sherman oral history interview, 2019 April 10
At the time of the interview Lisa Sherman was employed by Tega Hills Farm, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Her duties at the farm included product weighing, packaging, and lettuce harvesting. Ms. Sherman describes her experiences with farming at her grandmother's house, which inspired her love of farming. During the interview she also discusses her experiences with both conventional and hydroponic farming, the learning experiences she has taken from her work at Tega Hills Farm, and her long term goal of opening up her own nursery., Lisa Sherman was a 26-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place at Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1992. She was employed as a farm worker at Tega Hills Farm., Mark and Mindy Robinson oral history interview, 2019 March 18, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Carie Deneau oral history interview, 2019 April 10, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jean Siers oral history interview, 2019 March 27
Jean Siers is the Charlotte, North Carolina, Regional Gleaning Coordinator for the Society of St. Andrews and she has held this position since 2012. The Society of St. Andrews works to bring people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and to assist communities by feeding people in need. In this interview, Ms. Siers shares her experiences with gleaning, what types of food she gleans, and how she gets the produce to communities and agencies. Ms. Siers mentions gleaning live tilapia and donating the fish to the refugee community in Charlotte. She reflects on Charlotte's food shed and food deserts, and how organizations can better work together to eliminate hunger in Charlotte. Ms. Siers ends the interview by explaining where she thinks the organization can grow, the needs of the volunteer base, and the misconceptions of gleaning., Jean Siers was a 55-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place at Amélie's French Bakery & Café in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Warren, Minnesota in 1964. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and was employed as the Regional Gleaning Coordinator at the Society of St. Andrews.
Mike Smith oral history interview, 2019 April 17
Mike Smith is the owner and operator of Big Oak Farm in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Mr. Smith shares that the farm has been in his family for nearly two hundred years and has been used to raise cotton, corn, and now beef cattle. In this interview, Mr. Smith talks about day-to-day activities on Big Oaks Farm, changing the operation over from crop farming to cattle and pig farming, and why he does not subscribe to organic farming. Mr. Smith discusses the impact of weather, soil conservation, and farming techniques. He explains how he became involved with the Davidson Farmers' Market and how the increasing demand for his products surprised him. Mr. Smith expresses his concern about the future of farming, people's ability to feed themselves in case of an emergency, and the need to embrace modern technologies to keep up with demand., Mike Smith was approximately a 61-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place at Big Oak Farm in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was born in Concord, North Carolina in 1959. He was educated at a local community college and was employed as the owner of The Mold Hunter Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina and as a farmer at Big Oak Farm in Denver, North Carolina., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Jeff Stevens oral history interview, 2019 March 10
Jeff Stevens is the owner and operator of the Muddy Springs Farm in Lincoln County, North Carolina. In this interview, Mr. Stevens explains how he became a farmer and how he manages to run a farm while also working a full-time job at Duke Energy. Also, Emily Stevens, Jeff Stevens' spouse, speaks about her role on the farm. Mr. Stevens describes the loss of viable farmland in the area and he notes that Wytheville, Virginia is a hub for trade, specifically cattle trade. Other topics discussed include raising cattle, selling hay, the challenges of farming, GMO seeds, and the rapid decline of youth involvement in agriculture., Jeff Stevens was a 38-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Iron Station, North Carolina. He was born in 1981. He was employed as a planner at McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville, North Carolina and a farmer at Muddy Springs Farm in Iron Station, North Carolina., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Jerry and Tanya Sumerel oral history interview, 2019 March 13
Jerry and Tanya Sumerel are the owners of Honeysuckle Hill Bee Farm in Concord, North Carolina. They share the story of how Mr. Sumerel discovered apiary and fell in love with beekeeping. Mr. Sumerel describes the day-to-day activities of beekeeping, in on and off season, and what to look for when you check a beehive frame. He reveals the vulnerability of honey bees, how the weather affects honey output, and the importance of the honeycomb. Mr. Sumerel explains the threat of extinction and how honey bees are threatened by the Varroa mite and insecticide (Neonicotinoid). Mr. and Mrs. Sumerel discuss the production of honey, raising a queen, and the benefits of honey, pollen, and bee stings in medicine. They end the interview by commenting on the future of Honeysuckle Hill Bee Farm and the future of farming in Charlotte and Concord., Jerry Sumurel was approximately a 76-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on Honeysuckle Hills Bee Farm in Concord, North Carolina. He was born in Easley, South Carolina in 1943. He was employed as a beekeeper at Honeysuckle Hills Bee Farm.
Matthew Watson oral history interview, 2019 April 3
Matt Watson is a third-generation cattle farmer in Chester, South Carolina. Mr. Watson, his wife, Kelly Watson, and his father run a 350 acre farm and rent an additional 80 acres. Mr. Watson describes how his grandfather, who was also a farmer, moved to South Carolina in 1979 from Indiana. He explains the evolution of the family farm in the 1980s and 1990s from row crop farming to strictly livestock farming, due in part because of the 1980s farm crisis. Mr. Watson explains that Watson Farms currently uses rotational pasture grazing for their cattle and pig herds, and traditional coop methods for turkeys and egg-laying hens. Ms. Watson reveals that they sell meat directly to consumers instead of selling at farmer's markets. She describes the day-to-day of working on the farm and how the weather affects the livestock. Ms. Watson ends the interview by discussing the farm's social media., Matthew Watson was a 33-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on Watson Farms in Chester, South Carolina. He was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1986. He was educated at Winthrop University and was employed as a livestock farmer on Watson Farms.
Ed Williams oral history interview, 2019 March 29
Ed Williams, former editor of the editorial pages at The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, North Carolina, discusses his association with the Myers Park Baptist Church community garden. As a long time member of the church Mr. Williams co-founded the community garden with fellow congregant Fred Allen during the 2010s. Mr. Williams recalls how the garden was first created, the collaboration between the garden and Friendship Trays, and the evolution of the garden over time. He details the life cycle of the produce grown in the garden, including how it is planted, harvested, and distributed. Topics discussed also include using a volunteer labor force, organic gardening, composting, life lessons, and fond memories of gardening. Mr. Williams concludes the interview by talking about the future of community gardens in Charlotte., Ed Williams was approximately a 77-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was educated at the University of Mississippi, where he earned a BA in history and he was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He was employed for 25 years as the editor of the editorial page at The Charlotte Observer., Lucy Bush Carter oral history interview, 2019 March 06 J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Zack Wyatt oral history interview, 2019 April 1
Zack Wyatt is the executive director at Carolina Farm Trust, a non-profit organization founded in 2015 which seeks to support local farmers and to educate communities on the importance of local food. Mr. Wyatt provides insight into the challenges of local farming and shares his belief in the need for strong local food sources. Other topics discussed include how Mr. Wyatt started Carolina Farm Trust, his past and present goals for the non-profit, the challenges that black-owned farms face, and the importance of urban farming and educating urban communities. He also discusses his work on The Farmer That Feeds Us, a documentary which examines the food desert in West Charlotte and how it affects the area's predominantly black population. Mr. Wyatt ends the interview by explaining how Charlotte locals can support farmers in the area., Zack Wyatt was a 39-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at Summit Coffee Co. in Davidson, North Carolina. He was born in Midland, Texas in 1980. He was educated at Coastal Carolina University and was employed as an executive director at Carolina Farm Trust., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Eddie Yow oral history interview, 2019 April 9
Mr. Eddie Yow raises livestock and sells beef in the North Carolina Piedmont region. He is a native of Stanly County, North Carolina and has lived in Stanfield, North Carolina for over thirty years. In this interview, he reflects on the many changes to farming and raising livestock in the area. Mr. Yow shares what raising livestock entails, why his methods differ from other farmers, and the changes he has made in how he sells his product. Other topics discussed include what farming was like in the 1960s-1980s, feeding livestock, and farmers' markets. Mr. Yow also describes what he sees as the future of farming in the region and the challenges that newcomers face., Eddie Yow was a 67-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place in Stanfield, North Carolina. He was born in Stanly County, North Carolina in 1952. He was employed as a farmer at Yow’s Farm., Digitization made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.