Young Farmer Transitions from Tobacco to Organic Produce

July 17, 2016 - Horticulture, Livestock, Organic Transition, View All
Young Farmer Transitions from Tobacco to Organic Produce

Farm: Garrett’s Gardens
Operator: Matthew Garrett
Acres In Production: 40
Production: Vegetables, Livestock
Location: Wilson, Wilson County, NC

Matthew Garrett is a young farmer transitioning a 40 acre tobacco farm to organic produce. He’s in the second year of the three-year transition requirement to certify a farm organic. In this process, Matthew is also finding ways to convert old tobacco farm equipment for his organic produce needs.

The land’s owner, with strong family ties to the land, lives in California but felt very strongly about someone farming his land organically. Matthew had already become very involved with the Wilson Farmer’s Market and was sought out for the organic vegetables he grew in a garden at his parents’ house. The land-owner discovered Matthew and recruited him to farm his land.

Learn about the challenges of growing organic in eastern North Carolina, how Matthew almost gave up last year from an unforeseen challenge, and what it is about farming that makes Matthew stay by listening to our story below.

Matthew Garrett, Garrett’s Gardens: Converting 40 acre Tobacco Farm to Organic Produce from RAFI-USA on Vimeo.