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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

Wilma Hanton


Wilma is the senior member of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.  She and her then-husband, Jack, were original members of the Market in 1978.  Wilma grew up in the Midwest, where she helped her family in growing nearly all of their own food.  She says she made her first gardening mistake when she was two, as she pulled up her mother’s pine tree plants instead of the ragweed.  After 21 years as a research analyst in the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina, Wilma gardens full time, living a hard-scrabble life north of Hillsborough, North Carolina.  She is full of folk-wisdom and has many interesting stories for her customers regarding the use and cultivation of plants.

Date of interview:
2011-07-03 00:00

Interviewer:
Kate Medley

Photographer:
Kate Medley

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