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Strong Women, Strong Farms 

By Maggie Cramer of ASAP

Posted: April 2, 2013

....  It became obvious that the families who were thriving and the farms that were growing were choosing to farm in ways that were counter to the mainstream, corporate agri-business culture. I have farming in my family heritage but didn’t grow up on a working farm. The agricultural pioneers of the Midwest really spoke to my heart and before I knew it, I was working on a vegetable farm outside of the Twin Cities. In a sense, I became interested in farming because I saw the injustices of our commercial/industrial food and agriculture system. But I decided to become a farmer as a way to use my strengths and contribute to the growing social movement of local, sustainable agriculture....

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Against the Grain - Zionville, nc

Full Article at Boone NC Magazine.com

Living Local in Boone: Farm to Market (Springhouse Farm in Vilas)

Posted: June 2010 

....Helping Amy on the farm are her 2 children and a number of interns. She works with Appalachian State to provide internships for students studying sustainable agriculture. She offers farm tours (pre-arranged, preferably, see phone number below) and believes in educating her customers about her farming practices.

Johnston also raises bees for their honey, beeswax and, of course, for the pollination of crops. She is the current president of the Watauga County Beekeepers Association and offers on site classes to those interested in this process....

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Springhouse farm - vilas, nc

new life farm - boone, nc

Full Article at Mountain Times.com

A New Life on the Farm

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:29 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

Six years ago, Bryk traded in his camouflage military uniform for a white T-shirt, jeans, suspenders and straw hat; his combat boots for knee-high rubber waders; and his M-16 rifle for a collection of garden tools.

Bryk joined the U.S. Marine Corps from his home state of New York in 2003 at the age of 18 and served four years of duty in a light armored reconnaissance battalion. He deployed to Haiti in 2004 and to Iraq in 2005. As an infantryman, he saw the worst of the Iraq war.

Now, instead of serving in a tight-knit military battalion on the front lines, Bryk is a first-generation farmer who serves his own community, a community that his family relies on for 100 percent of its livelihood....

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