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.


Women in Ag: Work First, Then the Playground

This past Sunday when I picked my oldest son up from his preschool-age class after church, the teacher pulled me aside.

“Your son made me so proud today,” she said.

These are words every mother loves to hear. I was curious about what he’d done in class to make her proud.

She went on to explain. The class had gone out to the playground, but instead of jumping on a swing or climbing up to slide, my son went over to a bare patch of dirt.

“Don’t you want to play on the playground?” his teacher asked.


Women in Ag: Making Sweet Potato Beds

Last week we experienced a first on our farm. We planted our first sweet potato beds.

Before we started growing sweet potatoes, I assumed they were planted like white potatoes.  Pieces of white potato are planted directly in the field. This method does not work for sweet potatoes.  Instead, vegetative cuttings are transplanted into the field.

Where do these cuttings, called sprouts or slips, come from?