Pine Knot Farms is a certified organic farm located twelve miles north of Hillsborough, NC, and is 100 years old this year! Stanley Hughes is a third generation African-American farmer known as one of the first in the state to grow certified organic tobacco. He is also known as a progressive farmer, one who has recovered from changes in the tobacco industry and stood up to competition from corporate farms. We sell organic tobacco to the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company in Oxford; pasture raise hogs and chickens, and grow organic produce.
In July 2003, Gourmet Magazine featured our collard greens in their annual produce issue, lauding them as some of the best in the country. In the fall season, we are known for growing beautiful potatoes - the well-known red Beauregards and the white O’Henrys – that are perfect for holiday pies and casseroles.
|Photos of our farm and fresh veggies|
Click here for pictures of our 100th. Birthday Celebration on September 8, 2012!
||2013 Farmer of the Year|
The 2013 Farmer of the Year Award from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association was presented to Stanley and Linda, who have an active program supporting youth as they prepare to become farmers and have given back to the community in numerous ways. This award is given to a farmer to honor a career of outstanding contributions to sustainable agriculture and is CFSA’s most prestigious award. The awards were announced Nov. 15 and 16 at the 28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC, a gathering of over 1,300 sustainable farmers, agriculture advocates, foodies, educators, and experts.
View a slideshow of the Farm to Fork Dinner
In 2004, Pine Knot Farms' Stanley Hughes was named "Small Farmer of the Year!" |
Where To Find Us
You can find us here on the Farm Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5pm and at Durham Farmers' Market.
Our Farm Practices
- Crop Practices: Beneficial insect habitat, conservation easements, cover crops/soil building rotations.
- Crop Inputs: Factory farm manures, organic fertilizers, organic fungicides, organic pesticides.
- Livestock Inputs: Grass-fed only, grain based.
- Livestock Practices: Intensive rotation, pasture-based manangement.
The farm – 125 acres – was purchased by my grandfather in 1912. At one time it supported three families and now it supports one.
As a child, I helped raise hogs, cows, and chickens, and grow large vegetable gardens. My father grew tobacco to pay the bills, while everything else fed the family.
In 1975, I started farming on my own, and for years I worked a 40 hour week while growing tobacco on the side.
In 1996, I began farming full time, growing organic tobacco, collards, kale, broccoli, beans, cabbage and mustard greens, with a willingness to farm without pesticides
I hope to continue to diversify what our farm produces.
Thank you for your continued support!
|Contact Us at Pine Knot Farms - 8906 Hester Road - Hurdle Mills, NC 27541 - Email - 919.644.3276|