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Alex and Betsy Hitt

Originally a pick-your-own berry business, Alex and Betsy Hitt began selling at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in 1986, encouraged by a neighbor and Market member, George Graves.  Betsy is an extraordinary cut-flower grower and Alex is a stand-out in sustainable growing practices for vegetable production. Part of the early wave of young, full-time farmers who joined the Market in the mid-1980s, Alex and Betsy have continually brought new colors and flavors to the Market, as well as a passion for their work that is translated in the endless hours they contribute to farm and flower organizations.  Nationally recognized as leaders in the small farm movement, Alex and Betsy have trained and educated many young farmers who now sell at the Market.

Date of interview:
2011-08-23 00:00

Kate Medley

Kate Medley

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