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Alex and Betsy Hitt began farming in 1981 and grow 80 varieties of 23 vegetables, along with 164 varieties of cut flowers. In the summer of 2006, they were named the Southern Region winners of the 2006 Patrick Madden Award, given to exemplary farmers in four U.S. regions by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, USDA. Sustainable agriculture is defined as a way of farming that does not erode, deplete, or poison the soil with chemical fertilizers.
Organic farming is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in the nation. In North Carolina the demand of retailers is outrunning production. Sales of organic products are the fastest growing sector in the state's retail food industry. Raft Swamp Farm in Hoke County gives individuals interested in organic farming an opportunity to explore it before investing in land by leasing them one of eight three-acre incubator farms for less than $200 a month. Cruze explains how the program works.
There are over 1,430 highway historical markers in North Carolina. The state's newest marker is located south of Tarboro on Hwy 33. It was unveiled in July 2006, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state's first electric cooperative, Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership Cooperation, and recognizes the place where an electric cooperative first brought power to rural North Carolina.