Beth Pugh Farrell Campaign Sign

Meet Beth Pugh Farrell
 

Growing up on my grandparents’ farms in Alleghany County, I saw first-hand the importance of the efforts of the local Soil and Water Conservation District. The voluntary cost-share programs provided by the District make it economically feasible for landowners and farmers to implement conservation efforts. These efforts may otherwise be cost prohibitive. Additionally, the educational activities make a difference in understanding conservation practices. 

 

As a student at Piney Creek Elementary School, I participated in events sponsored by the Alleghany Soil & Water Conservation District including poster contests, essay contests, and speech contests. These activities gave me a better understanding at a young age the importance of conservation practices.

 

As a high school student, the District sponsored me to attend the annual N.C. Resource Conservation Workshop at NC State. At this weeklong event, I was exposed to urban conservation efforts for the first time.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Poultry Science from NC State University. Even though I didn't return to the family farm, my career has been dedicated to providing opportunities to youth as a Development Officer for the NC 4-H Development Fund and enhancing our state's #1 industry as an Agricultural Programs Specialist at the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. 

Additionally, my husband, Kevin, and I own and operate Pack House Farm, a small

pick-your-own blueberry and heirloom blackberry farm in Apex.    

 

Most importantly, I understand the unique nature of Wake County being a growing urban area and support urban soil and water conservation projects. Being a small farmer and a member of the Junior League of Raleigh, I know many of the challenges facing Wake County land resources and our citizens.

 

I also have a deep understanding of the importance of ensuring that the over 77,000 acres (an acre is roughly the size of a football field) of farmland in the county stays productive. I sincerely appreciate farms of all sizes and believe all should have the chance to remain in operation and be economically viable.

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