Cherry Hill Farm Is Growing
Justin and Holly Miller grew up in Davie county connected to agriculture their whole lives. Holly was in 4-H and loved to show cows from an early age. Justin’s family has always had land and he has had the desire to keep the family land productive. With just 50 acres they had a challenge in front of them because row crops would always be a part time endeavor for Justin and what they needed was a full time job and salary for Holly. Justin contacted their Davie county extension agent Pam Jones and she suggested they attend the NC Farm School Program. Justin says, “The budgets and business side is something I would not have been able to gain on my own with out the school.” The gains for the Millers have been more than just business knowledge since they graduated from the program. Getting connected with N.C. Cooperative Extension has allowed them to network to find resources to continue growing as they make challenging business decisions.
From left to right: Scott Marlow, NC rafi Executive Director – Holly and Justin miller, Cherry Hill Farms – Jeff Camden, NC Tobacco Trust Commission
After sitting down with NC Farm School specialist and Pam their extension agent Justin focused in and understood the need for capitol investments in order to make his farm more efficient. One efficiency challenge they faced was limited labor and the need to streamline their post-harvest system. They knew in order to grow Cherry Hill Farms they were going to need some equipment to take the next step. They took their new found business savvy and applied for local grants. Thanks to rafi and and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Comission the Millers received the post harvest handling equipment they needed in order to help them avoid costly capitol expenditures early in their business transition process.
Cherry Hill Farm is a successful diversified vegetable and fruit operation. The farm produces vegetables for their CSA, the local farmers market, and also sells produce wholesale. One of the keys to their success has been their ability to focus in on the crops that are profitable for their farm, their diversified market strategy, and their desire to really get to know their customer. These are important business lessons they learned in the NC Farm School program. They are starting a new year in 2017 excited about the crops they will be growing and we think you will be excited too. Go visit them on their facebook page, twitter page, or find them in person this year at:
- Pick your own strawberries, 1293 Cherry Hill Rd, Mocksville, North Carolina- check their facebook page for picking days
- Peachtree Farmers Market, 111 Peach Tree Lane, Advance, NC- Fridays 3:30-7pm
- Mocksville Farmers Market, 171 S. Clement St, Mocksville, NC- Wednesdays 3-6pm