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Hi, we are Bethany, Joshua, John and Jacy Barnes from Farm Pak and we grow organic potatoes for Nature & More. Thank you for buying our products!

 

Here in North Carolina (USA) we grow both organic and non organic sweet potatoes. When we started in 1960 we were growing sweet potatoes on less than an acre. Today our we grow these delicious products on more than 5000 acres. Apart from sweet potatoes we also grow persimmons, soy beans and wheat. At our modern packing facilities in Spring Hope (North Carolina) we clean, sort and pack our products. This facility is one of the most modern and efficient in the USA.

The Organic Certification from CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), covers 1000 acres of sweet potatoes. The certification is based on application review, field history to verify that no chemical substances have been applied on the soil for at least 3 consecutive years, chemical residues soil test are caried to assure chemical free land. Exclusive storage facilities to prevent any crossover contamination from conventional product, Food Safety guide lines in place and recorded.

Barnes Farming is an environmentally-friendly operation. We have introduced special forestryand wildlife programs and at any time of the year, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, birds and other wildlife flourish throughout our farming and forestry operations.

 

In Europe the Sweet Potato is not as common as in the U.S., can you tell us a little more about this interesting product ?
John
: Well I guess the most important point to make is that sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes. In fact, they aren't even distant cousins. Potatoes are tubers from the solanaceae family. Their genus is solanum. Sweetpotatoes are part of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). Their genus is ipomoea batatas. Sweet potatoes can be stored year round but here in North Carolina our main harvest runs between August and November.

How many varieties of sweet potatoes are there ?
John
: There are hundreds of different varieties. The most popular ones grown here in North Carolina include the Covington, Beauregard, Hernandez, Jewel, Puerto Rico, Japanese, O'Henry and White Delight.

Can you tell us something about the origin ?
John:
 Sweet Potatoes are as American as apple pie, and even more so. Native Americans were already growing Sweet Potatoes when Columbus came to these shores in 1492. Sweet Potatoes have been growing in the South for as early as 1648.

When was Farm Pak Products established?
John: Farm Pak Products, Inc. was formed in 1969 as a sales and brokering firm for Barnes Farming. Since that time, Farm Pak had grown into one of the largest marketers of sweet potatoes and produce.

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