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. 

On November 20, 2020 I visited Perry-winkle Farm in northern Chatham County to catch up with Cathy, Mike, Taij, and Victoria. I found them doing a variety of tasks on this warm fall Friday while preparing for the next day’s farmers’ market in Carrboro. Mike Perry was feeding and watering the pastured hens in their new aviary; Cathy Jones and Victoria Cotten were pulling up landscape fabric in the field to store until next year; Taij and Victoria were washing sweetpotatoes.

Mike throws out some fresh greens for the hens

Mike throws out some fresh greens for the hens in their new aviary while Olive supervises. The aviary is covered in orchard netting to protect the hens from hawks. These hens are about seven weeks old and will stay in the aviary in between the brooder and going out into the field in th egg-mobiles. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The hens love the fresh greens

The hens love the fresh greens! Breeds include Barred Rocks, Buff Orpington, Delaware, and some hybrids. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mike fills the waterers

Mike fills the waterers inside the aviary. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Young hens in the brooder

Young hens in the brooder. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Taij and Victoria wash sweetpotatoes

Taij and Victoria wash sweetpotatoes. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cathy and Victoria roll up landscape fabric

Cathy and Victoria roll up landscape fabric to store over the winter. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Flowers and rooster peppers drying in the shed

Flowers and rooster peppers drying in the shed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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