Jamie Swofford grows high-quality produce and boutique ingredients for chefs & home cooks on his family’s farm in Cleveland County, NC. Before he farmed for a living, Swofford spent nearly two decades in kitchens throughout the Southeast and abroad. Equipped with a wealth of experience, deep culinary understanding, and a desire to preserve traditions rooted in Appalachian culture, he explores food in all of its facets; from the field to his line of artisanal products under the name Old North Shrub. His love of food extends far and wide; a chef-turned-farmer, but foremost a North Carolina boy at heart.
Jamie implements small-scale no-spray farming practices devoid of chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, and large equipment. His fields are hand-tended and his work, ingredient-driven.