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Vivian Howard's Summer Memories on the Farm

I grew up on a farm in Deep Run, North Carolina. We had chickens, hogs that wallowed in the mud, two cows and, for whatever reason, peacocks; but primarily, my parents grew tobacco until I was about 10 years old.

Farmer Facts: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Precision Agriculture

According to an article in The Genographic Project, farming has been around for roughly 12,000 years, with some evidence pointing to even more prehistoric agriculture sites that date back even further to 23,000 years.

This long span of time has allowed generations of farmers to really master their trade, using learned information from trials and errors to make improvements for future harvests. But even with all of these years of practice, no greater amount of improvements were made than in the past century when precision agriculture was introduced.

An Intro to Vivian Howard

I grew up in rural eastern North Carolina, where farmers and their families were my neighbors, my friends and my family. In this place, Deep Run, where I now live with my husband and two children at the end of long gravel driveway that flanks a wheat field, there’s not a whole lot going on. There aren’t any stop lights or fancy grocery stores, but there are at least a half-dozen produce stands and four times as many fields full of turnip greens and corn.

Not All Farmers Wear Overalls: The Modern Farmer

If you search “farmer” on Google, you’ll get dozens of images of raggedy men in overalls, straw hats, muddy boots and a pitchfork in hand. While this is typically the image that comes to mind when we imagine a stereotypical farmer, it’s a common misconception that this is what today’s farmers look like.

Revealing the Dirty Truth About EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” List

For the past two decades, the Environmental Working Group (EWG)—a group that claims to fight “for consumers' rights to live healthier lives in a healthy environment”—has instilled a false fear in produce consumers around the country by releasing an annual list called “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™”,  otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen™”.