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- The Queen's Garden: Oral Histories of the Piedmont Foodshed
- James C. Ferebee oral history interview, 2019 March 19
James C. Ferebee oral history interview, 2019 March 19
In this interview, livestock farmer James Ferebee discusses the animals he raises and the rotational grazing methods he employs on his farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Ferebee Farm is five acres and Mr. Ferebee leases another twenty to twenty-five acres. He began farming commercially in 2015, and raises heritage sheep and pigs, as well as chickens and ducks. He also has a small herd of dairy goats for personal milk consumption. Mr. Ferebee explains how his pigs provide meat, his sheep wool, and his chickens meat and eggs, which he sells through farmers markets. He recounts how he first learned about rotational grazing methods, and the benefits it has on the environment and his animals. He explains what heritage sheep are and why they are suited to living in the southeastern United States. Toward the end of the interview Mr. Ferebee recounts surprising elements of farming livestock and discovering the ways that people are ignorant of farming and the origins of their food supplies.