Late July, 2014, I (Titus), took a full-time farm manager job on a small-scale farm and learning center (part of a nonprofit organization) in Smyrna, NC (near Harkers Island), and by early September, our family (Angela, Bella and myself) had packed up and moved from Ayden, NC to Beaufort, NC. The farm I worked at provided vegetables for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, local farmers markets and restaurants. I wanted the invaluable hands-on experience the full-time farming life offers; to see if we as a family enjoyed the day-in-day-out farming life, and to see if we could also gain the necessary knowledge and experience to become the primary provider of vegetables for Locavore Market members and local restaurants.
January, 2016, we purchased an older farm house in Little Washington, NC (which we're in the process of remodeling too), and I transitioned back to teaching full-time. The house sits on about an acre of farmable land, and we’re currently using Urban Farming and Micro Farming approaches. We take pride in providing clean, fresh, organically grown and nutritionally dense produce. We currently have 17 beds (30 ft long and 30 inches wide) built and ready for production; by the summer, we have an ambitious goal to be at 32 beds under cover or production.
Although building the farm is currently a part-time and laborious endeavor, we really enjoy the process and being a part of a growing local food movement. We plan to be the primary provider of vegetables for Locavore Market members in addition to providing to local restaurants. As of now, we have been limiting our production to local restaurants as we build the necessary beds and infrastructure needed to efficiently produce sufficient quantities of produce for both restaurants and Locavore Market members. We will use this blog to post pictures and recap the year I spent managing the farm in addition to showing what’s going on now in our Locavore Market Garden.
Locavore Market has not gone away! However, we have changed in a number of ways and have relocated to Little Washington, NC. We will continue to serve the Beaufort, Pitt County, and nearby surrounding areas.