Bob and Ginger Sykes moved to North Carolina from Maryland and started their farm in 2005 after working for more than 30 years in corporate America. Summers spent on a great-uncle's farm in Indiana fostered a long-time dream of Bob's to have a small farm. As a young man Bob read "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, and "The Population Bomb" by Paul Ehrlich, causing him to be very sensitive to environmental issues, especially the use of pesticides.
Turtle Mist Farm is small but we have a wide variety of animals and a market garden devoted to unusual vegetables such as mini bell peppers, fresh ginger and several varieties of turmeric. The Farm currently has pasture-raised laying hens, red ranger broiler chickens, hair sheep, heritage turkeys, Muscovy ducks, Toulouse Geese, Chukar partridges, Gelbveih beef cattle, Berkshire, Ossabaw & Tamworth hogs, peacocks, Flemish Giant rabbits, Texas A & M quail, and a Belgian horse.
All of our animals are raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Our vegetables are produced using companion planting and plant based insecticides to control insects and diseases.