Barham Farms

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Barham Farms Heirloom TomatoesBarham Farms is a family owned and operated business that has been in production since 1979.

Julian, with an engineering degree from North Carolina State University, decided in 1980 that he wanted to work full time as a farmer. He had worked as an engineer but being in an office wearing a suit and tie was just not for him. Julian wanted to have his family at home and create their own little world where "life is good and simple" and they can make a contribution to the world and take care of the environment.

So now, Julian and and his wife Elaine live and work on their family farm in Zebulon, NC where they are involved in several projects that are "giving back" to the environment. Julian and Elaine started out as independant hog farmers in 1979.  Then in 1985, they contracted with Murphy Family Farms, leasing a sow farm in Pittsboro, NC while still taking care of their farm where they also lived.  Then in 1987, the Barhams purchased 3 additional hog farms in Nash County, NC. When this became very inconvenient, and they were driving too many miles to get their work done, they decided to consolidate to gain more efficiency and make things easier.  So in 1994, they decided to construct a 4,000 sow farrow to wean facility on their home land which consists of 350 acres.

Barham Farms Heirloom TomatoesJulian and his family do not believe in being wasteful and they are big advocates when it comes to recycling.

The Barhams are responsible for several recycling projects and for producing healthy safe gourmet vegetables for consumers. They started normal everyday businesses and used their resources to practice recycling methods making sure that nothing on their farm is wasted. They firmly believe "Waste Nothing. Everything is useful"

The Barhams started a swine production facility that led to a methane recovery system, generating methane into electricity and they even compost their dead pigs. Then in 2005, they opened up Barhams Recycling Center, where they take wood debri from local companies and grind it into usable wood chips or yard mulch. The chips and mulch are then sold on site to local customers. The Barhams also grow greenhouse vegetables depending on the season specializing in heirloom tomatoes.  In addition, they grow field crops such as wheat, coastal burmuda hay, beans, and orchard grass for their horses.
Barham's Tomatoes
The greenhouses are managed by their only daughter, Julie. Julie purchased property that adjoined  the 350 acre farm and built a home there also. She also has a nursing degree as a registered  nurse from Wilson, NC. However, like father like daughter, Julie doesn't like being inside and having a schedule to abide by either.  She likes the farm life and enjoys working there with her family and taking care of the greenhouse vegetables, especially the tomatoes.

Julie loves producing tomatoes. She has been growing trust tomatoes since 2000 and in 2006, she began specializing in greenhouse heirloom tomatoes.  This past year she began growing other crops to keep her customers happy and provide them with a fresh tasty vegetable in the winter time. She likes the fact that she is one of the few farmers that produce heirlooms in the winter months. It is a fact that you can get lots of heirlooms in the summer from field growers but to have them when she does, mainly from October until Barham Farms GreenhousesJuly, is very rare. She takes great pride in growing her tomatoes and produces the "best tasting tomatoes" which has led to the name "BARHAM'S BEST".

You can read more about some of Julian's achievments and some of the many articles that have been written about what the Barhams are doing on their farm.  In 1999 they won the Environmental Stewardship Award .  In 2001, Julian was named Progressive Farmers "Man Of the Year".  In 1999, he won the "River Friendly Farmer Award by the Soil Conservation Service.   Articles were written in the Our State Magzine, Progressive Farmer, National Hog Farmer, NC Pork Council, the Farm Chronicle, the News and Observer, Smithfield Herald, Associated Press and Star News, Herald Sun, Winston-Salem Journal, and the Zebulon and Wendell Record,

Barham's TomatoesThe Environmental Stewardship Award Program is an environmental recognition program sponsered by the National Pork Producers Council and National Hog Farmer, and PCS sales.

This award requires constant work and a serious commitment. It is for pork producers who run all types and systems who have shown an outstanding contribution of excellence to the environment.  One outstanding pork production system in 5 regions of the US are selected yearly.  A national selection committee made up of experts from several pork industry and natural resource organizations review all the nominees.  They focus on seven main areas: general production information, management of maure, financial management, neighbor realtions and aesthetics, wildlife management, innovative ideas, and an essay on the meaning of Environmental Stewardship.The National Hog Farmer Magazine Quoted the Following about the winners :  "Environmental Stewardship means responsible, respectful, care of our natural resources.  It requires constant attention to production practices, manure management programs and a balanced approach to pork production while safeguarding our air, land and water supply. This production system is an excellent example of pork producers committment to a quality environment, often with a twist of innovation.  These winners represent families and managment teams working hard to protect the environment placed in their care.  They apply time tested management practices  to ensure their pork production systems remain in harmorny with the environment."
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Feature Article of Barham Farms
Sunday Star News
August 6, 2000

Hydroponic Tomatoes : Turning Costly Disposal Into Positive Cash Flow
"Hydroponic Tomatoes : Turning Costly Disposal Into Positive Cash Flow"
East Carolina Farm Credit Magazine
Summer 2001
"Covered Lagoon Controls Odor"
"Covered Lagoon Controls Odor"
National Hog Farmer
1999 Environmental Stewards Of The Pork Industry
Hog Lagoon Top Stifles Odor and Produces Fuel For Farm
"Hog Lagoon Top Stifles Odor and Produces Fuel For Farm"
U.S. Pork Industry 1999 Award Winner for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship
U.S. Pork Industry 1999 Award Winner for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship
Wildlife In North Carolina Magazine
March 2000

Barham Farms Among Pork Operations Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship
"Barham Farms Among Pork Operations Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship"
Country Folks Farm Chronicle
August 9 1999
Hog Wastes Lagoon Alternatives Expensive, Report Says
"Hog Wastes Lagoon Alternatives Expensive, Report Says"
Durham Herald-Sun
November 3 1999

National Hog Farmer
U.S. Pork Industry 1999 Award Winner for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship
Rising From The Mire
"Rising From The Mire"
Winston-Salem Journal

"...Alternatives For Waste"

"Lagoon Monitoring"
National Hog Farmer Magazine
March 15 2000

"Powerful Lagoon"
Progressive Farmer
January 1999

"2001 Man Of The Year In North Carolina Agriculture"
Progressive Farmer Magazine

"Johnston Pork Producer Honored"
East Carolina Farm Credit
Summer 2000

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