This is a story of Gary Purgason, a young man farming in Madison, North Carolina. Gary built a wash-house, mostly from wood from his land, to manage his produce and began a free-range chicken project. Gary was in the marine corp and, along with his farmer uncle Pete Carter who spent 34 years in the army national guard, finds the power in working in agriculture.

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 exclusively with a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

Photography, audio, and production by Alix Blair.

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