"Being part of the Cleveland County Potato Project allowed us the opportunity to see firsthand what our farmers must deal with in getting their crops from the farm to the table."
Shelby, NC (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
The employees of the Carolina Farm Credit Shelby service center volunteered their time to plant, cultivate, and harvest the potatoes. They planted 600 pounds of potatoes on March 1 on an acre of land donated by the Randolph Family in Boiling Springs. Despite a late spring frost, they were able to harvest 3,000 pounds of potatoes on June 30th during record breaking temperatures. They were helped by several members of Goodes Grove Church, the Randolph family, Cleveland County Potato Project Volunteers, and family members.
Gary Hastings, Regional Lending Manager in Shelby says, "Being part of the Cleveland County Potato Project allowed us the opportunity to see firsthand what our farmers must deal with in getting their crops from the farm to the table. While we had to deal with a late spring frost, insects and rain showers that were scattered, our harvest came on a day that set record temperatures that approached 104 degrees. However, at the end of the day we did succeed in getting our "taters to the table" that benefited many in our surrounding community by providing another food commodity for those less fortunate."
The Cleveland County Potato Project began in 2010 after Doug Sharp and Bill Horn wanted to help fill the needs of people in Cleveland County and developed the idea to grow potatoes to feed the hungry. The program consists of volunteers who donate land, time, and funds to plant, grow, harvest, and donate potatoes. When the potatoes are harvested, they are donated to Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry, Salvation Army, Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association, and U-Can.
The Shelby service center staff includes Bryan Drum, Loan Officer; Miles Hamrick, Loan Officer; Suzette Smith, Loan Officer; Brandy Swink, Service Center Coordinator; Tonie Turner, Loan Assistant; and Michael Hamrick, Home Loan Specialist. The office is supervised by Gary Hastings, Regional Lending Manager.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing short, intermediate, and long-term financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 36 service centers. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 8,900 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.28 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with service centers located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Marshall, Mocksville, Monroe, Murphy, Newton, Pilot Mountain, Reidsville, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Wadesboro, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are Joseph A. Lail, Chairman, Shelby; Mark A. Bray, Vice-Chairman, Lawsonville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; W. Rex Bell, Statesville; Herbert R. Cheeks, Hayesville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; W. Steve Love, Graham; Bobby J. “Bud” Matthews, East Bend; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.