Greetings from our family to yours:
We are an seventh generation farm located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina and about one mile from the South Carolina state line.
We specialize in farm fresh fruits and vegetables which are available for purchase. We have received GAP training and our farm is listed as NC Farm Fresh Roadside Market.
Beginning with an identure dated July 27, 1791, Nicholas Worley and seven subsequent Worley generations have owned and operated the family farm in the southeastern section of Columbus County, adjacent to the South Carolina-North Carolina state line.
Nicholas Worley originally purchased 4,450 acres of land. Despite the divisions in subsequent generations, the farm has a present acreage of approximately 400 acres of land though the efforts of A.J. Worley, (Chandler's dad) and his sons. Despite the societal changes of the 1960s, the Worley farm has continued to grow and the "old homeplace" serves as the hub of operations for approximately 800 acres of timber and cropland, which is currently owned and tended by Chandler Worley and his family, including his wife, Jenny, and their four children.
This farm this July will celebrate its 222nd anniversary in producing quality crops and livestock including but not limited to turpentine, sugar cane, hogs, cows, rice, cotton, tobacco, corn, soybeans, strawberries, watermelon, sweet potatoes, wheat, and chickens. Primarily, the farming operation today consists of 700 acres of row crops including strawberries, corn, soybeans, wheat,turnips,mustard,collards,broccoli,specialty potatoes,pears,grapes,pigs, chickens, and about 50 acres of pasture for the 40 cows, due to societal changes in the last decade with tobacco as a major cash crop in the Carolinas. Vigorously working to carry out the Worley family tradition, Chandler Worley Family Farms has transitioned to the 21st Century by continuing with its rich family tradition and grew fresh petite and microgreens for restaurants in the Virginia and Washington D.C. area. We also grow strawberries,tomatoes,salad greens in our greenhouse and high tunnel. Equipped with a soild education from the North Carolina State University with a degree in agronomy; Chandler and his wife, Jenny, a retired kindergarten teacher of 32 years; holding a B.A. in Reading and a Masters in Elementary Educatiion from Methodist College, devote their livelihood in the daily farming operation and actively taking continuing education courses from SCC to benefit the operation.
Chandler and Jenny Worley are very active in helping organize Down East Connect, and agricultural group that will sell vegetables on the internet. The entire family is also actively involved with the NC Watermelon Festival, cofounded by A.J. Worley and Mr. Monroe Enzor, which is held in July in Fair Bluf, NC. In 2010, in connection with promoting the commodity of watermelons grown on local farms and gardens across the Carolinas (NC and SC), the Chandler Worley family set out to help the NC Watermelon Festival organize a contest between the states to find the tastiest watermelon of the Carolinas. The competition was such a success that an even larger competition is planned for the upcoming year.
Chandler also serves on the Board of Directors with Columbus County Farm Bureau and his son, French, serves as a leader with the Columbus County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Group. Chandler is also active on the Columbus County Tourism Board.
The six member family is actively involved with their home church, Spring Branch Baptist Church, where they serve in various capacities including Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Church Council, Building Committe, Fellowship Committee, Grounds Committee, Church Public Relations Committee, prints bulletins and marquee.
Through out the years, the Worley's have served in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spainsh-American War, and World War II obvioiusly for the purpose of defending their rich heritage and the old homeplace.
Over the years, farming has been instilled in the Nicholas Worley decendants thus creating the impetus for future generations of family farmers, who like Chandler Worley and his family, will adjust and prepare for tomorrow.
We would love to hear from you! Contact us at:
Dennis T. Worley, Chandler F. Worley, Jenny L. Worley & Emily J. Worley