Elise Margoles

Cedar Grove, NC 27231

A Maine native, Elise Margoles has been farming in the North Carolina Piedmont for over a dozen years. Since age 25 she has managed her own farm, Elysian Fields, north of Carrboro in Cedar Grove. On 40 sandy acres of former tobacco land, Elise has found success with carrots, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, melons, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. More recently, she has also ventured into pastured pork. She maintains a robust CSA of over 100 subscribers and has sold her produce at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market for a decade, first at the Wednesday Market and now on Saturdays as well. Inspired by some of the generation of Triangle farmers who began farming before she did, such as Alex and Betsy Hitt and her neighbor Ken Dawson, Elise now acts as an experienced mentor to her own interns and employees, several of whom are young women hoping to one day start their own farms.

Date of interview:

July 7, 2011

Interviewer:

Kate Medley

Photographer:

Kate Medley

Elysian Fields Farm - Elise Margoles - Carrboro Farmers' Market
Probably the Market has been one of the best things for making me more outgoing in my whole life, just because of the practice that I’ve had with communicating with people.

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