Farm Visit Snapshots: Granite Springs 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 December 5, 2020 I visited Granite Springs Farm north of Pittsboro in Chatham County to check in with farmer Meredith Leight. Meredith has been farming since 2009 and is known for her beautiful vegetables and mushrooms. Meredith sells year-round at the Thursday Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. She also sells to local restaurants and has an 18-week fall/winter/early spring Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with pick-up sites in Pittsboro and Chapel Hill (the 2020/2021 CSA is full; contact Meredith for info on the 2021/2022 CSA).
Meredith has been purposely reimagining her farm over the past few years to improve its long-term sustainability. She has worked hard to figure out what her evolving goals are, and kept long lists of what she enjoyed and didn’t enjoy, and why. She then used these lists to make adjustments to make herself happier which helped to decrease burnout and get her excited about farming again.
On the day I visited Meredith she was working in her high tunnels and also harvesting and washing lettuce to donate to Robin Hood’s Kitchen, a new group in Pittsboro that recovers food from farms and retailers and cooks it up to donate to the CORA Food Pantry to help needy families. Click here to see photos and learn more about Robin Hood’s Kitchen.
You can find Granite Springs Farm at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and on Instagram at @gsfpbo. You can also email Meredith if you have questions or want to connect.
Below are photos I took at Granite Springs Farm on December 5, 2020. More details are provided in each photo caption.