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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Hal Fiore


Hal Fiore’s grandfather, John Hodges Lucas, was one of the first people to settle in the area now known as Leflore County, Mississippi. A country doctor, he obtained his first tract of land as payment for a debt but would eventually come to own two cotton plantations in the area, Glenn Burr and Last Resort.

Hal grew up in downtown Greenwood, not far from his family’s land. He left the Delta when he was a teenager and moved around a bit before eventually landing in the agricultural department at the University of California at Davis, where he studied soil and water resources. Something told him that he might end up back in the Delta one day.

After a career with the U. S. Forest service and a failed business attempt on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hal returned home. He settled into a house at Last Resort Plantation, carved out five acres for himself, and started a garden. In 2008 he heard rumblings about a farmers’ market starting up in Greenwood, and he got involved. He saw it as an opportunity to be a part of something big—something that might influence the future of agriculture in the Mississippi Delta. Hal has been connected to the Downtown Greenwood Farmers’ Market ever since. You’ll find him at the main market tent, fielding questions, talking sustainability, and selling the produce he grows on the five acres he works at Last Resort Plantation.

Date of interview:
2011-09-09 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

Photographer:
Amy Evans

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