Paula was a featured Farm Aid hero
in May 2016. She wears many hats on the farm, in addition to working a day job. She often meets with potential buyers directly after work, still in her work clothes. “I tell them, ‘I’m a local farmer,’” she said. “And although they give me funny looks at first, I’m there to answer any questions they may have on the spot.”
She credits the success of her transition to financial assistance through grants from groups like Farm Aid, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.