SPIN (Small Plot Intensive)
Row 1: Carrots, Row 2: Beets
Row 3: Pea Greens, Row 4: Leaf Lettuce
As a child growing up on a farm in Harnett County, North Carolina, I dreamed of nothing more than establishing a career as far away from farm life as possible... so that's what I did. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps. However, my wife's desire to grow and provide only the freshest ingredients for our table drew us back to the peace and reward of being close to the land. Simply put, Fresh Produce Tastes Better and It Is Better For You.
We started out with no more than a small space for a garden, a few seeds and the determination to learn how to properly grow fresh vegetables. Five years later, Spence Family Farms is USDA GAP Certified, has doubled in size to include two acres of farmland along with one acre of green house space. The tent beside the road has been replaced with a North Carolina Farm Fresh Certified Roadside Farm Fresh Market and our humble beginnings continue to grow with new opportunities and commodities.
Spence Family Farms has taken the key learning’s from growing and producing Fresh Produce Roadside to establishing a cooperative effort with eligible beginning farmers and Veterans to meet their special agricultural training needs. The farm provides resources, workshops and hands-on training to this targeted demographic.
Our focus has been to use traditional and urban- SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) methods to produce fresh foods seasonally and consistently. We are pleased to highlight one of our non-traditional methods SPIN as the premier means for beginning/ veteran farmers to learn how to use intensive relay cropping along with natural organic methods (reduces chemical inputs) to produce high quality foods using a limited amount of space and / or acreage.
Over the years, Spence Family Farms has worked in partnership with Sandhills Family Heritage Association, Minority Landowner Magazine, North Carolina A&T State University, Fayetteville State University, Cumberland County NRCS, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office and the Cumberland County FSA Office.
Our love of the land and the ability to provide fresh, locally grown produce has now inspired us to share our passion with other Veterans and Small farmers via the National Pilot for “Bridges to Opportunity” program.
We look forward to sharing the same love of the land and spirit of entrepreneurship with others.
Edward and Sheila Spence
Spence Family Farms