Meet John Shaw. He's trying to be the first commercial pomegranate grower in North Carolina. He has over 300 pomegranate trees, though you need to wait a few years to establish the trees before you get any fruit from them. He has also planted 250 apple trees. He's one of the only produce-farmers in his area, with corn, soy, peanuts, and cotton being the dominant crops to grow. Learn how John's a bit of a nonconformist in his community, how his parents influenced his farming practices, and what it takes to grow pomegranates!

The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund (TCRF) assists farmers in developing new sources of agricultural income through provision of cost-share grants. This story is part of a series documenting innovative farmers throughout the state of North Carolina. This program is made possible with support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

Photography, audio, and production by Alix Blair.

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