News Channel 12 Visits Turner Family Farms in Teachey

May 28th, 2019 | Posted By: Stephen Douglass | Posted in Crops, News, Partner Farms


I made the big time.  I got a call earlier today from a nice young woman named Christina Thompson from Newschannel12, New Bern, who wanted to come out and discuss the effects of the heat on the crops and the farmers.  I don’t watch much TV so I had never heard of her and had no idea what to expect.

Well, to be honest, when she got out of the WCTI minivan wearing a skirt-blouse combo and flip flops (sandals) I had some doubts, but let me tell you, she was no-nonsense getting video shots, up close stills in the field, and her questions were clear and direct.  I felt a little foolish so I begged her to try to make me look half-way decent when she edited the video and story.  She said that part was what she does best.  After seeing the piece, I believe her.  Christina Thompson is an impressive young woman and my guess is that she’s going to go far in the TV news business – or in any business for that matter.  Go HERE to see the news story.

I will say that I have a couple of regrets after seeing the news video.  There are definitely some local people who will be more negatively impacted by this weather than Turner Family Farms.  In fact, I rode by one of our Partner Farms, Cottle Organics, later in the day and I could tell that Herbie Cottle was stressed out over the crops he’d just planted that were drying up and dying.  Herbie and his production manager Justin are the best vegetable growers in the state, but they do it on such a scale that they can’t irrigate all of it.  Like all farmers, they take calculated risks on planting timing.  At Turner Family Farms, while we will never be as good or as big as Cottle Organics, we have the benefit of being small enough to irrigate all of our crops.  My point is that I may have understated the damaging effects this heatwave is having on other local farmers and I hope people understand I was only speaking about our situation.

Back at it.  The Farmer’s Market at Poplar Grove is early tomorrow morning, and the next day is CSA delivery day!