Farming as a Business

Most farmers enter the field for a love of the land or the food they can grow, but it also requires the same skills as any small business. This class seeks to help farmers get a grip on costing and accounting, while offering guidance on a wide variety of issues they may face in the business of growing food. Bring your questions for what promises to be a useful discussion.


Wild Turkey Farms Farmer/Owner Lee Menius ... and friend.Lee Menius
Farmer/Owner – Wild Turkey Farms/Carolina Craft Butchery

Lee owns and operates Wild Turkey Farms in China Grove, one of the area’s longest running small farms specializing in pasture-raised meats. Having grown up hunting and going to hog “killins” in rural NC, he fell in love with butchering at an early age, and has begun to turn this mostly self-taught skill into a career. Co-owner of Foothills Meats Butchery in Black Mountain, Lee is currently in the process of opening Carolina Craft Butchery in Davidson, the area’s first whole-animal butchery sourcing meat from pastured animals raised on small local farms.