Angie and Miles take us on a deep dive into their rice and dried bean production, as well as how they market these crops and how they fit into their farm economics and overall farm agroecosystem.
We also explore how they stand out in the crowded marketplace of North Carolina’s “research triangle,” how getting the business started on an incubator farm let them establish a business with less up-front risk, and how they manage the potential chaos of five farmers markets a week on a small farm.
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Quotes from the Show
[Miles] I really like the work, but managing a whole farm… it’s pretty difficult to get everything done if I’m the one out there picking all the tomatoes.
[Angie] It’s hard to live in the middle of the country if you don’t have like-minded people you can talk to and do this with.
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