Putting the Family Back into Farming - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/02

Putting the Family Back into Farming

It is a family business four generations in the making. Sunburst Farms here in Lubbock is making a mark in agriculture not only by what they grow, but by what they teach everyone who passes through their fields. 

For Amy Jones, farming has not always been a priority. "I moved to Austin and did some landscape work there for four years," said Amy.

But what brought her back to Lubbock two years ago is the family farm they turned into a farmers market. "The farm was something that I always thought about getting back involved with and it just so happened the opportunity was right to work that out with my father."

"He's always had the desire to have a farm market where basically town folk would come out and get fresh vegetables." From fresh tomatoes to nine different varieties of peppers, including the world's hottest pepper, but the most popular crop at the farm right now is the pumpkin patch.

Today these children are picking pumpkins and learning about agriculture. "What else do pumpkin seeds need to grow? water!" 

"Most children don't know what an eggplant is and I show them that and ask them where squash comes from and it comes from the supermarket they say and I daresay a lot of them have never seen a crop in production in the field."

Amy's love for farming grows with every seed sheplants, and this farming philosophy pushes her to share it with anyone who sets foot in her market. No one leaves without a lesson in farmer appreciation. "We need to support our American farmer that's the bandwagon I'm not gonna jump off of. We're a dying breed so to speak. I need young people to realize that if we're not here tomorrow, their food sources may not be here tomorrow and might get quite expensive."

"I hope they leave here with appreciation of the land and where their food source comes from and for the Aamerican farmer."

Sunburst Farms grow a little of everything, and they have fresh produce year-round. They are located at 88th and Martin Luther King. You can call 543-5796 for more information.

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