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Barnes Farming

Locale ID NC0001

Run by Carson Barnes
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FarmPak Products was formed in 1969, as a sales team for produce grown at Barnes Farming. We began selling sweet potatoes directly to buyers along the East Coast and since our humble beginnings, FarmPak had grown into one of the largest and most reliable marketers of sweet potatoes world-wide. Our packing facilities are located in the heart of North Carolina’s sweet potato growing region, near I-95 in Eastern North Carolina. We, the owners of Farm Pak, promise to continually provide you with top quality sweet potatoes and are dedicated to our motto - "Providing the Best In Quality and Service.” Please give us a chance to show you why we are the best!

Carson, the son of a small Nash County, NC tobacco farmer, had absolutely nothing to his name when he started farming in 1960. It was only through the kindness of a local man’s financial backing that Carson – at age 25 - was able to purchase a small farm and a used tractor near Macedonia, NC.

The first year he grew 8 acres of tobacco and .3 acre or 2 rows of sweet potatoes. At that time, he pegged in his plants, dug them up at harvest time, brushed and washed them by hand, and loaded them on a ’51 pickup truck to peddle at local stores. The very next year, Carson and his wife, Maxine, found an individual willing to sell them a farm on a 10-year financing basis. To make ends meet from an operating standpoint, they received help from the Farmers Home Administration, only after having been turned down by 3 financial institutions.

Just 9 years after he started farming, Carson grew 800 acres of sweet potatoes and 200 acres of tobacco. That was also the year he formed Farm Pak Products, Inc. and built a 45,000-square-foot packing facility along with his business office. Within the next 10 years, Carson Barnes was a success story, owning or renting a network of farms in Nash County, totaling more than 2,000 acres of tobacco, sweet potatoes, and pickled cucumbers.

By 1984, Carson’s sweet potato farming and Farm Pak Products packing/shipping operation were among one of the largest in the nation. At that time, the operation included between 2,500 and 3,500 crop acres on farms in Nash and Wilson counties. By then, Carson had sweet potato customers in 40 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto Rico and had started his international trade with sweet potato sales to Great Britain. Over the next 20 years, under Carson’s leadership, the Barnes Farming family-owned corporation has grown to become one of the nation’s largest vegetable growers. For the past 12 consecutive years, Barnes Farming has been listed among the Top 100 U.S. Vegetable Growers in American Vegetable Grower magazine.

Today, Barnes Farming has operations in 5 eastern North Carolina counties, managing over 14,000 acre of prime, cultivated land. In 2011, Barnes Farming is growing over 5,000 acres of sweet potatoes, 1,500 acres of flue-cured tobacco, 1,800 acres of peanuts, and 1,000 acres of wheat.

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