The Gutter Gorilla Difference
When it comes to gutter cleaning in Waxhaw, NC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Waxhaw.
Gutter Cleaning in Waxhaw, NC
We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.
The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.
Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.
If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.
If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Waxhaw for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.
Common Signs of Clogged Gutters
One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Waxhaw, NC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.
Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:
Gutter Installation in Waxhaw, NC
Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.
Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.
At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Waxhaw, NC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.
When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.
Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Waxhaw:
- We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
- Our installation methods are tried and tested.
- Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
- We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
- We are licensed and insured.
- Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.
When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Waxhaw. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:
- Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
- Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
- The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
- Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
- Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Waxhaw, NC
Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.
Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Waxhaw, NC:
Pooling WaterPuddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
LeaksThe next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
Displaced HardwareIf you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
MoldCheck your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
Peeling PaintHave you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
Uneven GuttersIf your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.
The Trusted Choice for All Your Gutter Needs in Waxhaw
At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.
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Tennessee makes short list of contenders for elite wide receiver
Tennessee is on the short list of top contenders for one of the nation\'s top wide receivers. Four-star Class of 2022 receiver Shaleak Knotts of Monroe (N.C.) High School announced his top three college choices Thursday night on his Twitter account, revealing that the Vols are one of the top teams he\'s considering following his official visit to Knoxville less than two weeks ago.North Carolina and Maryland are the other front-r...
Tennessee is on the short list of top contenders for one of the nation\'s top wide receivers. Four-star Class of 2022 receiver Shaleak Knotts of Monroe (N.C.) High School announced his top three college choices Thursday night on his Twitter account, revealing that the Vols are one of the top teams he\'s considering following his official visit to Knoxville less than two weeks ago.
North Carolina and Maryland are the other front-runners for the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Knotts, who\'s ranked by 247Sports as the No. 91 overall prospect and No. 12 wide receiver in the 2022 class and the No. 3 rising senior from the state of North Carolina. He has received scholarship offers from more than 20 schools.
After traveling to Tennessee the weekend of June 18 on an official visit that gave him his first look at the program, Knotts said the Vols were “alongside some others” at the top of his list — specifically, Maryland and North Carolina. But he admitted to GoVols247 at the time that Tennessee stood out to him "a lot" following his official visit to Knoxville.
The lone prediction on the 247Sports Crystal Ball points to Maryland as the current favorite to land Knotts. The Terrapins hosted him on an official visit last weekend after he went to Maryland on an unofficial visit the weekend of June 4. Georgia hosted him on his first official visit the weekend of June 11 before his trip to Tennessee, where his weekend stay surpassed his expectations.
“I loved it,” Knotts said more than a week ago. “It was better than I thought it was going to be.”
He said he was particularly impressed by “the environment and the people” at Tennessee, including the Vols’ players and first-year coach Josh Heupel’s staff.
“The thing is, I got to be around the players by themselves,” Knotts said at the time. “That really gave me a feeling of me being there.”
Heupel’s staff is the main reason Knotts is strongly considering Tennessee. He said he and the Vols already had been “talking, like, every day” going into the official visit.
“It’s the coaches for me,” he said. “They’re just cool, and I catch that vibe. That’s something I could be around every day. They’re cool and they’re laid-back. They’re going to let you know what you need to do.”
Knotts also knows one of Tennessee’s current players. Vols freshman quarterbackSully McDermott, a preferred walk-on from Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C., who arrived in Knoxville in January, has been in contact with Knotts in recent months and spent time with him during his official visit to Tennessee.
Shortly after his visit with the Vols, Knotts told GoVols247 that he expected to announce his college decision in August.
“I’m trying to make it before the season starts,” he said at the time.
4th Of July Celebrations In Our Area
MINT HILL, NC – The summer vibe is back and summer 2021 is turning out to be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy events and activities again. Most events are operating closer to normal versus the summer of 2020. Firework displays and activities focused on celebrating the 4th of July are being offered all around our area.The celebration of American Independence is associated with parades, concerts, fireworks, and cookouts with friends and families. Many of us have traditions that we embark on each year and with last year and so...
MINT HILL, NC – The summer vibe is back and summer 2021 is turning out to be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy events and activities again. Most events are operating closer to normal versus the summer of 2020. Firework displays and activities focused on celebrating the 4th of July are being offered all around our area.
The celebration of American Independence is associated with parades, concerts, fireworks, and cookouts with friends and families. Many of us have traditions that we embark on each year and with last year and some of 2021 being pretty strict on gatherings, this July is a great time to get out and enjoy that summer fun and sun. Each of the celebrations is continuously being updated, please keep this in mind and check back with the event site.
4th of July Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting a weekend full of events for the Fourth of July celebration. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is located at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway in Charlotte, NC. The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday which both include live music and yoga sessions. Parking at the center is $6.00 per car. All of the yoga sessions and live music are free while you are at the center. They offer a wide variety of water and land activities that will be at the regular price. Passes and the schedule for yoga and live music can be viewed/purchased at the center or online on FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 3rd Parade in Indian Trail is being held by the Town of Indian Trail and Indian Trail Parks and Recreation. The parade will be on Saturday, July 3rd at 11:30 AM. The parade will start at the beginning of Post Office Drive and continue down Indian Trail Road South then will end at Old Monroe Road. Parade watchers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to watch the proceedings along with reminders to practice social distancing while gathering. Safety is always first.
Please visit their Facebook event page for more details July 3rd Parade
Charlotte, NC 4th of July events: Carowinds will be celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks show on Saturday, July 3rd, and Sunday, July 4th at 8:45 pm. Tickets are available at carowinds.com
The Charlotte Symphony will be having three patriotic-themed concerts followed by fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. There will be a Truist Field performance at 324 South Main Street in Charlotte at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person at charlottesymphony.org. The fireworks will also be visible from Romare Bearden Park at 300 South Church Street in Charlotte.
The Queen Charlotte Fair will be at the Route 9 Pavillion from July 1-11th. On July 3rd and July 4th, there will be a laser show, magic show, and motorcycle show. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Please visit their website at queencharlottefair.com for more information.
Freedom House, located at 2638 State Road 2469 in Charlotte, will present a Fourth Of July celebration on Saturday, July 3rd starting at 5 pm. There will be food trucks, bounce houses, a DJ, and fireworks at 9 pm.
Charlotte Museum of History will be hosting a guided tour about our country’s independence on Saturday, July 3rd from 11 am to 5 pm. The Rock House tours will be at noon and 2 pm. The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive in Charlotte. For more information visit http://charlottemuseum.org
Charlotte Motor Speedway will be hosting a Movie Night With Fireworks. The movie is “Trolls”. The event is Wednesday, June 30th at 7 pm. The cost is $40 per car. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com.
After the Charlotte Knights Game, Fireworks will be held at Truist Field, 324 Mint Street in Charlotte. The event will include a firework spectacular with the Charlotte skyline backdrop being the highlight. This event will be held after the baseball game against Norfolk on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. The game will start at 6:05 PM and the fireworks spectacular will follow directly after. If you wish to see the fireworks, but not the game. No worries, the firework show can be viewed by Romare Bearden Park. For tickets and more details visit Charlotte Knights Baseball 2021 vs Norfolk Tides on 7/4/2021.
Town of Waxhaw’s Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4th of 2021. The celebration will take place at the Waxhaw Community Center. The center is located under the water tower. This is at the intersection of Highway 16 and the North Main Street in the Town of Waxhaw. The celebration will start at noon and includes live music along with a food truck rodeo. The food truck rodeo will be on the streets of McDonald and Church. The music will be provided by Gump Fiction – The Ultimate 90s Experience. It is a free event and everyone is welcome. Please visit their Facebook event page for more details Independence Day Celebration of Waxhaw
The Fourth of July celebrates the Independence of America and has been traditionally celebrated since the 18th century. It was officially made a federal holiday in 1941 and is celebrated all across the US with pride. Remember to celebrate safely, from social distancing to wearing plenty of sunscreen.
The Mint Hill Times Wishes Everyone A Happy and Safe Fourth of July.
Louisville Football: Big Man Camp Notebook
The University of Louisville football staff had more prospects back on campus on Thursday.It was the fifth of six camps this month the Cardinals hosted with around 150 kids on campus for the Big Man Offensive and Defensive Lineman camp that lasted for over three with testing, drills, one-on-one work, and some competition on the U of L practice fields. The camp was larger than the first two camps the staff put on earlier this month."To get recruits back on campus, that\'s huge for us," U of L coach Scott Satterfield sa...
The University of Louisville football staff had more prospects back on campus on Thursday.
It was the fifth of six camps this month the Cardinals hosted with around 150 kids on campus for the Big Man Offensive and Defensive Lineman camp that lasted for over three with testing, drills, one-on-one work, and some competition on the U of L practice fields. The camp was larger than the first two camps the staff put on earlier this month.
"To get recruits back on campus, that\'s huge for us," U of L coach Scott Satterfield said last month. ". . . We\'ll probably have players in here every day throughout the whole month of June, not only just camp days but every other day in between."
The end of the nationwide NCAA temporary recruiting dead period was lifted on June 1.
Because of the pandemic, there hadn\'t been any prospects on campus but the dead period being lifted opened the floodgates for programs. For the first time in almost 15 months, the football staff has unofficial visitors on campus on June 1 and has had someone on campus just about every day of the month.
Louisville will host a final Elite Camp on Saturday.
Cardinal Authority attended the camp to scout some of the prospects that attended and we have this notebook of items we came across at the fifth camp of the month:
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A couple of awards were given for the day.
The staff held a King of the Ville competition where guys went at it 1-on-1 during camp.
Christopher Jones, a 5-foot-11, 404-pound defensive lineman, captured one group\'s competition, while Tyler Bell won the main group. Bell is a 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from Memphis, Tenn., and a Class of 2023 recruit.
Bell beat Male High School\'s Selah Brown and Waxhaw, N.C., Parkwood High School\'s Cody Hardy.
Brown was named best defensive lineman in the one-on-one drills, while Charlotte, N.C., Olympic High School\'s Jeremiah Burch was named best offensive lineman.
There was a handful of really nice \'22 prospects in camp.
Brown and Hardy were standouts on defense. You can read all about Brown in this story on the front page (link), while Hardy has offers from Army and Navy and really gets after it. He was solid in all of the drills and has a quick burst off the line of scrimmage.
Hardy measured in at 6-4.5 and 243 pounds with a 78-inch wing span.
On the offensive line in the \'22 class, Burch is really solid at 6-foot and 275 pounds. He\'s ranked as the No. 1 center in the Charlotte area.
Madison, Ala., lineman Kaden Young also stood out on that side of the ball at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds.
Leesburg, Va., Tuscarora offensive lineman Fletcher Westphal is a member of the Class of 2024.
But you can\'t miss him and he\'s also really talented.
Westphal is 6-foot-7 and 324 pounds and moves well for his size, posing one of the better times of the underclassmen in the 40-yard dash at 5.5 seconds. He\'s already really strong because of his size and is only going to get better - and perhaps bigger.
He already has offers from Penn State and West Virginia and more to come soon I am certain. One of the most impressive looking kids I have seen during the camp season.
I will have more on Bryan Station brothers Dahvon and Jahvon Frazier later in the week.
But they were both at camp - for the second time this summer at U of L - and again were guys that stood out. The brothers are 6-1 and 194 pounds and both play on the defensive side of the ball and are both Class of 2024 prospects.
The Frazier\'s are among several standouts in the \'24 class at Bryan Station. They are both still looking for a first offer, but I am sure it\'s coming soon.
Jahvon Frazier has a 77-inch wingspan, while Dahvon Frazier is just 74.25.
The only difference between the two guys, "my calves are bigger," Dahvon Frazier said with a laugh.
These are two kids we will hear a lot about in the future.
Louisville offered Georgetown, Ky., Great Crossing defensive lineman Oryend Fisher last month.
And he didn\'t disappoint.
I\'d say he was right there as the best underclassmen on defense for the day, quick off the ball, excellent change of speed and burst and just looks like he\'s older. He\'s a kid in the Class of 2024 who measured in at 6-foot-6 and 19e pounds.
Put some weight on him the next few years and he will be a star right away at the next level.
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LA Tech adds trio to 2021 football roster
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of three additional transfers to the 2021 roster on Friday in running back Keyon Henry-Brooks (Powder Springs, Ga./Vanderbilt), quarterback Austin Kendall (Waxhaw, N.C./WVU) and cornerback Jacquez Payton (Georgiana, Ala./Jacksonville State).Henry-Brooks, a 6-1, 207-pound running back, competed at Vanderbilt for the first two years of his collegiate career where he totaled 746 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 176 career carries. As a sophomore i...
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of three additional transfers to the 2021 roster on Friday in running back Keyon Henry-Brooks (Powder Springs, Ga./Vanderbilt), quarterback Austin Kendall (Waxhaw, N.C./WVU) and cornerback Jacquez Payton (Georgiana, Ala./Jacksonville State).
Henry-Brooks, a 6-1, 207-pound running back, competed at Vanderbilt for the first two years of his collegiate career where he totaled 746 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 176 career carries. As a sophomore in 2020, Henry-Brooks played in six games and started in five. He had 120 carries for a team-best 494 yards and two touchdowns. Henry-Brooks tied for second on the team with 28 receptions which he took for 258 yards. He led the team in all-purpose yards per contest with 125.3 and in rushing yards per game with 82.3. Henry-Brooks posted 50 or more rushing yards in all six games, 70 or more ground yards in three contests and had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Mississippi State (Nov. 7) and Kentucky (Nov. 14).
During his freshman campaign in 2019, Henry-Brooks appeared in 11 of the 12 games where he registered 252 rushing yards and a touchdown on 56 carries. He also had 17 catches for 64 yards.
Kendall, a 6-2, 215-pound quarterback, played at Oklahoma for three seasons before transferring to West Virginia the past two campaigns. At WVU, Kendall appeared in 11 games where he threw for 2,153 yards and 14 touchdowns. During the 2019 campaign, Kendall started in nine games, completing 187-of-304 passes for 1,989 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranked No. 24 nationally and fourth in the Big 12 in completions per game (20.8). Kendall also finished the season ranked seventh in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (221.0).
At Oklahoma from 2016-18, Kendall threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 28-of-39 passes with zero interceptions during his Sooner career.
Payton, a 6-1, 170-pound cornerback, played at Jacksonville State from 2016-20. During his Gamecock career, Payton registered 79 total tackles, including 54 solo and 1.5 for loss, 26 pass breakups and three interceptions. As a redshirt junior in 2020, Payton had 30 combined stops, including 22 solo tackles and 1.0 for loss, and notched three interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He received a medical redshirt in 2019 after missing the season due to injury.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2016, Payton appeared in all 25 games between the 2017 and 2018 seasons. As a sophomore in 2018, Payton had 29 total tackles, including 20 solo and 0.5 for loss, and 12 pass breakups. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, he had 20 total stops, including 12 solo, and four pass breakups.
Louisiana Tech opens the 2021 season at Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. Tech will then open a three-game home stretch against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. inside Joe Aillet Stadium.
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Reflections On Getting To Know Your Local Farms
Mary Beth Foster
CHARLOTTE – Over the past three months, I have had the privilege of visiting and chronicling the story of local farms and their owners. Often the people I interviewed would ask me: do you grow anything? I don’t. I have a small succulent on my desk, and I can barely keep that alive. Growing my own food is not my gift. But I’ve been honored to tell the stories of these farms, their products, and their owners. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned during this journey.Whatever you’re looking for, there...
CHARLOTTE – Over the past three months, I have had the privilege of visiting and chronicling the story of local farms and their owners. Often the people I interviewed would ask me: do you grow anything? I don’t. I have a small succulent on my desk, and I can barely keep that alive. Growing my own food is not my gift. But I’ve been honored to tell the stories of these farms, their products, and their owners. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned during this journey.
Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a place to buy it locally. Looking for fresh fruits and vegetables? In Mint Hill, visit Hillbilly Jay’s farmstand next to Perry’s Market, or find Clear Creek Garden & Field at the Mint Hill Farmers Market. In Waxhaw, visit Dabhar, Boy & Girl, or Piney Oak at the Waxhaw Farmers Market. Looking for fresh, naturally- and locally-raised meat products? Try Red Barn Farm’s pork, chicken, and beef or Mullis Family Farm’s Holstein beef.
If you’re looking for a more interactive experience, pick your own strawberries, pumpkins, or sunflowers at Wise Acres, or buy an inoculated log from Sharonview Farm and grow your own shiitakes. Supplement your diet with honey from Carter Family Bees and elderberry syrup from Double Up Farm, and decorate your table with fresh flowers from Clear Creek or Piney Oak. The Waxhaw Farmers Market and Mint Hill Farmers market are great one-stop shops to get all your local produce, meat, and more!
You can grow your own food on a lot of land, a little land or nothing at all. When I set out to visit local farms, I pictured visiting sprawling fields of crops as far as my eye could see. Some of the farms I visited sat on substantial acreage. Sharonview Farm, for example, sits on an expansive 62-acres that owners Nasi and Teri weren’t even sure what to do with when Nasi inherited the property from his father!
Others are smaller by design. Cathe and Bill Anderson searched for years to find the 5 acres Clear Creek Garden & Field sits on, a perfect space for the roughly two acres they garden. Still others are on lots no bigger than a large backyard. The Suttons utilize every spare inch of their backyard at Piney Oak Farm, cultivating a third to a half of their one-acre lot. Hillbilly Jay’s started with just one small raised bed in their backyard in a neighborhood a short distance from Independence High School; today they grow enough to operate a farm stand. Some farmers don’t have a farm at all. Carter Family Bees’ hives are scattered on other farmers’ land from Highway 74 in Matthews to Albemarle Road.
There are all sorts of different ways to farm. Some, like Boy & Girl Farm, fit the vision of a “farm” I had in my head with a tractor parked in a barn situated on sprawling pasture land. Others challenge the very notion of what it means to farm, like no-till, no-dig Piney Oak, where the Suttons eschew machinery, preferring to disturb the soil as little as possible.
For many small farmers, like Phyllis Walsh of Dabhar Farm, farming is a blend of philosophy and manual labor, cultivating a sustainable ecosystem where all the pieces work together in harmony. Some meat farmers breed and raise their own animals, like the pigs and egg-laying chickens you’ll find at Red Barn Farm. Others “recycle” in a manner of speaking, like Dale Mullis, who raises Holstein bull calves discarded by a local dairy on spent grain from local brewers.
Farming is a round-the-clock, physically demanding pursuit, but only some farmers are lucky enough to call it their full-time gig. Most of the full-time farmers I spoke with took a leap of faith to make it there. Robb Thorstenson left a successful finance career in Chicago and moved his family across the country to pursue his dream of farming at Wise Acres. Faced with the decision of returning to work and putting her kids in school after years of homeschooling when her husband passed away in 2013, Walsh decided instead to give full-time farming a go. When Amy Irish saw demand for fresh meat increasing during COVID, she decided to take Red Barn Farm full time.
Others fit farming into their lives around other parts- or full-time employment. According to marketplace.org, more than half of American farmers have a second income to make ends meet, and that was the case for many small farmers with whom I spoke. The Suttons work is full-time at Whole Foods. When they’re not running Hillbilly Jay’s, Brooke DiFucci is a full time accountant; her husband Jason works 45-50 hours a week at Publix. Dale Mullis works nights at West Stanley and Midland Fire Departments and days at his cattle farm on Arlington Church Road.
Whatever they sell, whether they’re growing it on an acre or on 65, your local farmers have a true passion for what they do. Although the cost and duration of the process for becoming “certified organic” prevents many small farmers from carrying that label on their products, most follow organic farming practices and eschew chemicals and treatments of any kind. They care about what they grow, they take immense pride in the products they produce, and you can feel good about what you are supporting when you purchase them!