Wise Farms is a 4th generation family owned farm practicing sustainable and natural farming methods. In 1961 William married Helen Brock, of Newton Grove, and they made their home in Dobbersville where they raised two children, Patricia and Gary. For 33 years, farming was William’s weekend job as he tended the fields with his dad, growing squash, cucumbers, tobacco, corn, wheat, soybeans, and raising pigs. In 1980 when William's uncle, Lehman Darden, parked his tractor and retired from farming, William purchased 20 acres of his farm to keep it in the family.
In fourth grade, William’s son Gary couldn’t wait to come home from school to tend to the area that his grandfather was teaching him to sow. Now an adult, Gary runs Wise Farms’ 150-acre operation with the help of several family members. A graduate of NCSU, originally he didn’t believe he could make a living as a farmer, despite knowing that it was his first love and greatest passion. So, armed with a degree in teaching, he headed into the local Mount Olive school system to educate future generations.
Although he only spent three years there before rededicating his life to farming, the experience wasn’t a total loss, that’s where Gary met his wife! He married Teresa Williamson, of Mount Olive, in 1994, and they made their home in Dobbersville. Teresa was an elementary school teacher in Goldsboro until they both left teaching to oversee the family farm on a full-time basis. For the past 13 years Gary has been farming everything from acorn squash to zucchini on land once owned by his grandfather, Ivey Wise. On the days when he's not at the farm you can find him at the Market alongside his parents, or out delivering fresh produce for The Wise Choice.
As a partner with Backyard Produce, Gary talks about how his business has become more stable. While they had tried their own local CSA for a while, they found the marketing to be too time consuming. Instead the BYP partnership allows them to fill orders, and take the excess to the market. They no longer feel as though they need to worry about maintaining their crops through their sales in the market, and that stability makes their job easier. Their market has expanded to include more of the state, and the Wise family can concentrate on doing what they love most – farming.