I was raised in the city and am now married to the farm. By day I am a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In the evening I am a farm wife and mother.


To the Livestock Judge Who Didn’t Ask Questions

My son made his 4-H livestock show debut last week. At age 6, he participated in the noncompetitive class, showing a pig he borrowed from our neighbors.

Before his class, we watched the Junior Showmanship competition. Our neighbor was competing and we wanted him to watch her show. She worked with my son the last few months, teaching him how to show a pig. It was one of her pigs he would be bringing into the ring that afternoon.  


5 Things I Learned About Turkey Farms

This summer, I had the chance to visit a turkey farm in eastern North Carolina. I’ve worked in agriculture for almost 20 years, but this was my first visit to a turkey farm.  

Fall Colors on the Farm

I’ve been watching leaves on our soybeans change every day as I drive down our driveway. The bright green leaves have matured to a beautiful yellow.

The Light Before the Hurricane

With Hurricane Florence headed our way, farmers have made the best decisions we could with the information we had before the storm. We’ve done everything we can to prepare.