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Specialty Crops Grading Facility

November 20, 2014 - Horticulture, Organic Transition, View All
Specialty Crops Grading Facility

Farm: Fulk Family Farm
Operator: Ricky Fulk
Production: Vegetables, Produce
Location: Pinnacle, Stokes County, NC

Ricky Fulk renovated 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. The family sells cucumbers and cantaloupe commercially while selling all the other produce at a roadside stand or farmers market.

“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,” Ricky says.

Ricky and his wife are both from multi-generational farm families. The two began farming full-time in 1991 with tobacco production. They now farm land that has been in the family for over 200 years. Previously, they farmed up to 120 acres of tobacco. They retired from growing tobacco in 2007 to focus on specialty vegetable crops. The Fulk’s 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,” Ricky says. He adds, “when this project is complete we will be able to plant an additional 10 acres of cucumbers with an estimated income of $87,000 annually.”


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