Locals Who Make Their Living Outdoors, Continued The NeW FArMerS OF The TrIAD

ration of locals who make their living outdoors, July was about lo- cal National Geo- graphic Explorer, videographer and extreme sport en- thusiast, Gareth Tate. From Cli- max, NC (his mother was the prior owner of the Goat Lady Dairy). August was about wildland firefighter Brandon Price. Septem- ber was Wildlife Resources Commission retiree, artist (of several medium) and ex- pert kayak fisherman, Keith Hendrickson. We are continuing this series of locals


who make their living outdoors this month, and a few months following, about the “New Farmers” in the Triad. What does “new farmer” mean? It means a new crop of younger entrepreneurs who are willing to navigate the complex grants and some- times lagging laws of new crops in NC, to overcome the obstacles farmers have been facing in our Triad, our state and our nation for the past few years (such as cost of pro- duction). They are forging ahead to live their dream of a rural life, a simpler life (not so simple with the science behind farming nowadays and the navigation of the legisla- tion that is confused already!). These are promising young people who are replacing our aging population of farmers that are leaving large farms that need new farmers. NC desperately needs to save its farms to feed our ever-growing population here and beyond. Our food requirements are pro- jected to double globally by 2050 (News and Record March 24, 2017, Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin.) As a reader of Natural Triad Magazine, you are most

n the summer of 2019 we be- gan an explo-

you can ask them when you meet them). They reunit-

ed as a couple in 2008 when Ste- sha was going to school at A&T University and Jeremy was teaching sustain- able agriculture and vocational

likely very interested in where your food comes from, how it is processed and handled, how it is sold, and who is growing your food. Afterall, our name does include the tag line: “Your Resource for Healthy Living…..Naturally!”

So this month we are focusing on a couple that will give you much hope for the future of our food, our natural medi- cines and our agricultural economy here in the Triad and in the state. Stesha Parrish and Jeremy Warren met in 2000 at Rock- ingham Community College in their late teens. They’ve been in love for 20 years and married for 11, now with two children, but spent 8 years apart (everyone loves a good love story, which is for another article, or

agriculture at Rockingham Community College. Stesha and Jeremy both have deep connections to the soil and farming. Stesha spent her formative years in Boone, NC in a very primitive setting that included a thirteen mile long driveway and working in her parents' greenhouse business where she learned biointensive farming, which is an organic way of planting and harvesting food that gets maximum amounts of food from a small area of land in a sustainable manner. Jeremy grew up in Rockingham

County practically within sight of Sum- merfield (you may have stopped at his family’s store on 158 without knowing it) with a love of farming from an early age.

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