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STORY OF THE QUILT SQUARE, AGRICULTURE BY THE CAPE FEAR EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS CLUB FOR HARNETT COUNTY HISTORICAL QUILT, 1989

Agriculture

Most of the Cape Fear Extension Homemakers have had a hand in agriculture production all their lives, from growing food products, vegetables and fruit, even baby chicks, to raising money crops like cattle, hogs, grain, and tobacco.

They understand the importance of good farming for health sake as well as for a better economy. They also realize the pitfalls or uncertainties of growing plants due to climatic changes, also of supply and demand, that sooner or later affect marketing sales.

The soil in the Cape Fear Club Area is ideal: it's fertile, mostly level, well drained and loamy. the many tributaries from the Cape Fear River provide adequate water for ponds and irrigation if rainfall is insufficient.

The colorful embroidered quilt square depicts numerous food supplies: various vegetables, fruits, grain, beef, pork, eggs, poultry -interspersed with bright flowers signifying a growing interest in greenhouses as a new means of livelihood. The square was designed by Paul Soublet, the designer for most of the quilt squares.

In recent years, in the County, there has been a diversification. of food crops that have been grown in abundance for commercial purposes, namely: blackberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and asparagus. There are many areas in the county, where the soil is very suitable for these products. In 1985 there were 4, 000 acres of sweet potatoes. The town of Benson, in Johnston County, only a short distance away., is called the sweet potato capital of the world. ,

Live stock markets, especially for hogs and cattle, are found in nearby areas. In Harnett, with 388,096 acres, urban sections and well populated areas claim 11,000 acres; water courses, 4,000 acres, cropland 117,719 acres pasture, 11,167 acres; and forests, 232,400 acres. In 1985 Harnett had 3,083 farms with an average acreage of 113 acres. By 1989 the number of farms had dwindled due to changes in land uses: the moving away from croplands and pastures to housing developments and forests.

Gratefully a mixture of agriculture and industry has provided .Harnett with a stable and strong economy over the years.

So, here in Harnett, one can eat well, stay well, and live well. What better place to be? Thanks to diversified farming and good schools!

Written by: Evelyn Byrd

For: Cape Fear Extension Homemakers Club

Source: 1985 Surveys of the Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Quilt square: Row 6, Number 33

Embroidery by: Imogene Holmes, member

Cape Fear Extension Homemakers Club