Specialty Crops Grading Facility


Farm: Fulk Family Farm
Operator: Ricky Fulk
Production: Vegetables, Produce
Location:Pinnacle, Stokes County, NC
 
Ricky Fulk from Stokes County is renovating bulk barns used for tobacco production into a washing and grading facility for fresh organic vegetables. He currently grows slicing cucumbers, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, watermelons, tomatoes, and green beans; selling cucumbers and cantaloupe commercially while selling all the other produce at a roadside stand or farmers market.

Ricky and his wife are from multi generation farm families, they began farming full time in 1991 with tobacco production. They farm land that has been in the family for over 200 years.
Previously, they farmed up to 120 acres of tobacco. They retired from it in 2007 to focus on specialty vegetable crops.

The Fulks have three children ages 19, 16, and 13 and they also are involved in the day to day operations on the farm.

“Our goal is to steadily increase our acreage. By expanding our washing/ grading operation to a site that is larger, we will be in a position to continue to grow. Our long term goal is to contract to other local farmers to grow for us so that we can grade and package for commercial sales.”

“When this project is complete we will be able to plant an additional 10 acres of cucumbers with an estimated income of $87,000.”
 


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