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North Carolina sweet potato farmer receives Service Award
At the 58th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission held in Wilson, NC, their highest honor was bestowed upon local farmer, Jerome and Diane Vick.
Lynwood, Charlotte, Diane and Jerome Vick
About Mr. and Mrs. Vick
Jerome graduated from Wayne Community College while Diane attended Louisburg Junior College where she was a music major and pianist for the choir. After graduation, Jerome returned home and worked at Farmers Cotton Oil Company and then Production Credit Co., while also farming nights and weekends on his grandparent’s farm with Diane helping on weekends.
In 1970 Jerome and Diane married, both keeping their full time jobs while continuing to farm nights and weekends and in 1975, the couple took a leap of faith, both leaving their jobs to farm full time and Vick Farms was formed.
The Vicks have two children, Charlotte Diane Vick and Linwood Jerome Vick and wife (Tammy), six grandchildren: Hannah, Grayson, Eli and Zeke Ferrell, and Emma and Wood Vick. These children are their life, pride and joy.
The Vicks have been heavily involved with commission activities with Jerome serving on the Board of directors as well as being a past president. He is also a board member of the NC SweetPotato Commission Foundation.
Jerome and Diane believe in giving back to the community; be it through contributions to the church, hospital, fire departments or civic organizations. They contribute much of their success in farming to God for providing so many opportunities over the years.
Jerome and Diane both continue to be major assets in both the growth of their farming operation and the sweet potato industry. Their hopes are that their children and grandchildren will continue to add value North Carolina Agriculture. They would have never believed in 1975 that their farm would be growing, packing and shipping their sweet potatoes across the world.
Vick Family Farms
Tel: (252) 237-7313
Publication date: 1/30/2018
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