When Jeanine Davis of NC State University and her husband bought their very small farm in western North Carolina, they never imagined that they would one day need it to generate income. But that time arose, and they learned that by tuning into their community’s needs, they could make the income they needed and have a lot of fun in the process. Creativity, free-marketing strategies and a willingness to try new things were keys to their success. Come share their story, and learn tips to make your little farm a big success.
Associate Professor, NC State
Dr. Jeanine Davis is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, located at a research and extension center in western North Carolina near Asheville. For 30 years, Davis has researched new crops, vegetables and organic agriculture and shared her knowledge on these topics with farmers and home gardeners across the country. Her current efforts are focused on woodland botanicals, hops, truffles, broccoli, organic vegetables and industrial hemp. She is the lead author of the book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals. Jeanine and her family operate Our Tiny Farm, where they raise garlic, honey, herbs and asparagus, and board donkeys.