Annual Small Farmer Award Goes to Franklin County Farmer

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Congratulations to MAE Farm (Mike Jones & Family) for winning the 2021 NC Small Farmer of the Year award. Here are a few comments made during the awards ceremony held on March 24th. “Mike is a successful farmer who raises animals in a way that is beneficial to both the animals and the land. His innovative practices include pasture rotation and multi-species grazing, allowing pastures to recover, reducing soil erosion and loss of soil fertility. He is a faithful supporter of small farmers in the region and his store at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh sells not only his own products, but those of other small farmers.

2021 Small Farmer of the Year check awarded by NCA&T to Mike Jones and family

Dr. Rosalind Dale, of N.C. A&T State University Cooperative Extension, awards check to the 2021 Small Farmer of the Year, MAE Farm’s, Mike Jones and family.

Mike Jones is someone who represents work ethic, the love of the land, and the community spirit that makes small farmers successful. Mike and others like him across the state put energy and commitment into their work, and as a result we have healthy, tasty food on our tables and our rural communities are made stronger.”

View award ceremony video and photos on Facebook: NCA&T State Cooperative Extension Facebook >>