Sam Shaw’s family has been farming the same land in Youngsville, NC for four generations. Sam’s dad currently farms 17 acres of tobacco, but the tobacco markets have been decreasing. The Shaw’s would like to move away from tobacco, so that’s become Sam’s goal.
Sam has a strong interest in sustainable agriculture. He’s taken courses in permaculture and hydroponics, worked seasonal farm jobs, and volunteered for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. He’s tended pigs, goats and chickens, but the majority of his experience is with vegetables.
In 2019, Sam began renting one acre from his dad and built a 44’ x 97’ hydroponic greenhouse. Hydroponics aligns with Sam’s mission to transition to sustainable agriculture because he’s using less land, water and fertilizer than field agriculture, and the ratio of input to yield is much greater with hydroponics.
Lettuce - Butter Head (Boston), Lettuce - Romaine