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In addition to cut flowers, we sell blueberries and all natural pasture raised chickens eggs. Our hobbies include restoring the 100+ year old farmhouse, a 150+ year old log cabin home, numberous old farm buildings, and Jeeps. As for farm animals, we have several rescued dogs, and a large flock of Buff Orphington laying hens. We are proud to be a fifth generation farming family. Our farm was purchased by my husbands great grandparents, Sanford Leon Edwards and his wife George (pronounced Jor-gee), in 1914. We consider it a dream come true to be living on the Edwards family farm.
Our Early Years My husband and I learned to appreciate the farming life through our visits to our grandparents farms in NC. My husband spents summers on his grandparents farm in Middlesex, NC. He learned important lessons in life, like how to farm, how to drive a tractor and a truck, and how to work hard. I visited with my grandparents on their farm alongside the Pamilico Sound in Middleton, NC, where it seems the breezes were always blowing. Whenever I visited, I felt like I had stepped back in time. I remember going with grandma to the chicken coop to get the eggs, taking turns with my sisters in turning the hand crank on the butter churn, bareback riding the shetland pony, playing dressup in all the handmade clothing with my sisters, and dancing to old records we played on the Victrola in the foyer. In addition, my grandparents did not have modern convinences like a bathroom, indoor plumbing or electricity (for many years), and they did not see the need to spend hard earned money on such pleasures. My grandma cooking on a wood burning stove that my grandpa split wood for. The farming life was hard, and constant, but the work was enjoyable and rewarding. Overall, my husband and I learned to appreciate a generation that had seen farming change drastically. Our grandparents were self sufficient - living off the land, and both built their own homes. This was a generation told us stories about plowing with a mule, and spending long days picking cotton in the fields, priming tobacco, or killing a hog. They remembered the introduction of the first automobiles, and told stories about taking a day to go get supplies using the horse and wagon. Life was not simpler. Even small things were appreciated more than they are today.
I graduated from Peace College, and then graduated from North Carolina State University (where I met my husband). After living the "long commute to work - work all day - long commute home" lifestyle for over 10 years, we decided to return to the family farm. My husband works full-time as a biologist, but comes home every day to work the remaining hours in his blue jeans and on his tractor.
I grew up in the remote eastern NC town of Swan Quarter. Many folks are familiar with Swan Quarter when I mention the ferry goes from Swan Quarter to Ocrakoke Island. My family operated a marina, seafood business, restaurant, motel and ice cream parlor. My sisters and I ran the "Dairy Bar" and worked hard in the family business until we went to college. If you love to boat, fish, or just love the outdoors, take time to visit Hyde County, the "land of many waters". Swan Quarter has been in news, magazines and even on film lately; i.e. the American Dream TV Show, which broadcasts in New York and New Jersey. Hyde county has many historic homes, including the Octagon House, on the Historic Lake Landing Landmarks riding tour. Swan Quarter even has the "Church moved by the hand of God", which has been featured on the Tarheel Traveler reacently. As for natural treasures, they have the largest natural lake in NC, Lake Mattamuskeet. Hyde County is one of North Carolina's largest in size, but is also one of the fewest in residents. Mainland residents still farm or commercial fish while Ocracoke residents depend heavily on tourism. Since Hyde county does not have a traffic light, you may be wondering if there are places to spend the night. Take time to stay at one of their campgrounds, motels, or bed and breakfasts. If you fall in love with the Swan Quarter, you can even buy a condo at Swan Quarter Landing.