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- Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Schoch oral history interview, 2019 March 12
Connor M. Newman and Kimberly H. Schoch oral history interview, 2019 March 12
Connor Newman and Kim Hodges Schoch of Hodges Family Farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, discuss the past, current, and future operations of the farm. The interview, conducted in the bridal suite of the farm's 1932 barn, focuses on a variety of topics, including the history of the farm and the Hodges family farming traditions, the evolution of the farm and its crops and livestock over the past century, and the transition of the farm from a purely working farm to a combination working and educational farm. Other topics discussed during the interview are the farm's expansion into agritourism and special events; the curriculum Mr. Newman and Ms. Schoch have developed to introduce children to farming; the decline of large family farms and the new generation of younger, smaller-scale urban farmers; the accompanying decline of resources (ranging from in-person educational opportunities to qualified governmental personnel for inspections and certification) to support farmers; the impact of climate change and urban sprawl on farming operations; the Hodges Farm's efforts to expand beyond direct-to-consumer distribution into "farm to table" networks and organic farming; and efforts to deploy ecologically effective farming strategies and techniques at the farm.