Meet the Maker- Nine Pines Farm
Meet James of Nine Pines Farm. Nine Pines is the largest of our small farms and they have to be because they're home to a veritable menagerie including chickens, turkeys, ducks and hogs. If you were lucky enough to meet him at our Summer Fest you know he has a large family and a love of life. He is also quite busy, as most farmers are in summer, and while he has a great deal to offer finding the sit-down time to add online items is hard. While we wait though, you can visit him at our next open-air market this Sunday, August 8th!
Q. What nicknames do you have?
A. When I was in the Navy, a lot of people called me either Hoss, or Country. Other than that, usually just James, or Cornwell to those I've known for quite a long time.
Q. What did you do before running your business?
A. I was a navy submariner, and was a navy nuke. After the Navy I worked mainly as a machinist/mechanic servicing control valve, and control systems at Power plants and refineries. I was a Maintenance Manager for a while as well, before going back to work with my hands, until this past March when I had to decide to continue working off farm, or farming full-time. I chose the latter as it is what I am called to do.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A. Hopefully still farming. We are approaching our 5th year as a family farm, and hope that we can continue doing so for at least 5 more years. Hopefully we will be able to expand a little more and help others who want to get into farming. I feel obligated to future generations to teach, inspire and foster good farming practices and prove the doubters wrong that small farms are not only sustainable, but a better way to produce wholesome nutritious food.
Q. What is your favorite holiday?
A. This is a tough one... so I'll default to the politician's answer! I enjoy all of them we celebrate, as long as I am able to enjoy the time with my family, and the kids behave!
Q. What is the weirdest thing you've had to deal with for your business?
A. Definitely the rezoning process. Met a lot of pushback from people, but got through it. We had our farm re-zoned back to agriculture. It was a frustrating process, but I learned from it. The strangest part of it was proving to a planning commission person that chickens don't smell nearly as bad when raised on pasture. Let's just say, I walked them around the farm where I had raised chickens 2 weeks prior, and then asked them to remove their shoes and smell them... That's a pretty strange request I would say!
Q. Send me one of your favorite photos that you don't mind me sharing.
A. See above picture. I'd say my favorite animal to raise is turkeys. I love their curiosity and gentle nature while out on pasture.
Q. What is your favorite song to work to?
A. I listen to an incredible variety of music, but as of late, I have been listening to a ton of Willie Nelson. I love working to the song "uncloudy day", always gets me singing and in a good mood no matter what is going on.
Q. Solve for X, show your work: 16-2X = 5X+9
A. In keeping with my refusal to show work (from middle and high school years) I'll just answer the question... X=1
He's totally working on adding some of these items. Shoot him an email if they aren't there soon.