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Bertie County is the eighth largest in the state with 70 percent of this in woodlands and forests. About 28,000 people live there. It is primarily an agricultural county with lumbering and fishing the main industries. The chief money crop is peanuts, and cotton, tobacco, and truck crops are also grown. Hog growing for home and market has increased over the past years.
Farmers in Bertie County, North Carolina had for years wanted to improve efficiency and production on their farms, preferably with industry using farm products. With the aid of scientists at the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station and the development of a new sweet potato, a new industry rose in Bertie, providing jobs for a new market and new food for consumers.
Al Parker's family was already four generations into farming in Bertie, Northampton and Hertford Counties when he was born as one of six children of J. C. and Sallie Elizabeth Parker. Parker talks of his life as a farmer, the pride in his family roots and his love of the land. Parker has three daughters and a now a young grandson to teach about the Parker Farm history.24-26