Farm Visit Snapshots: Perry-winkle Farm

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From Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos: Farm Visit Snapshots are a new feature on my Growing Small Farms website. A big part of my job as an Agriculture Agent is visiting farms to provide advice on crop production, marketing, and general management. I always have enjoyed taking photos during these visits and sharing on social media to promote agricultural literacy. I am now also sharing them on my website to widen the audience. These Farm Visit Snapshots provide a glimpse into activities on the farm during that visit. 

In mid-June I visited Perry-winkle Farm and found the crew harvesting cut flowers for market. The Perry-winkle “Farm-ily” consists of owners Cathy Jones and Mike Perry as well as Victoria and Taij Cotten who have been with Cathy and Mike for three years. They produce sustainably-grown vegetables, cut flowers, and pasture-raised eggs. Over 35 different species of cut flowers (and multiple cultivars within species) are grown and harvested from spring through fall on the farm.

You can find Perry-winkle Farm at the Fearrington Farmers’ Market and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Follow them on Instagram at @perrywinklefarm.

Cathy and Victoria

Cathy and Victoria harvest ‘Jedi Orange’ marigolds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Notice the knuckle knife on Cathy's right hand which she uses to harvest the flowers

Notice the knuckle knife on Cathy’s right hand which she uses to harvest the flowers. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Taij is in the zone cutting flowers

Taij is in the zone cutting flowers! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cathy, Victoria, and Taij

Cathy, Victoria, and Taij harvest a variety of amaranth called ‘Dreadlocks’. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Victoria strips the leaves

Victoria strips the leaves from the ‘Dreadlocks’ amaranth after harvest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Taij harvests statice

Taij harvests statice. Statice makes a nice filler for bouquets. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Harvested flowers

Some of the harvested flowers in the cooler. They will be made into mixed bouquets for market. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mike talks about some of the pastured hens

Mike talks about some of the pastured hens near their Egg McMansion. The mobile houses and fencing are moved regularly to provide fresh forage for the hens. Photo by Debbie Roos.