George Teague is an owner of Reedy Fork Organic Farm. The son of Franklin Teague, he grew up on the farm, and has worked on it since he was small, although his official start date is 1980. George led the farm’s transition from conventional to being certified organic in 2007.
George enjoys educating others about a sustainable way of life through organics. He also likes traveling, boating, and flying planes.
Education: Graduated from North Carolina State University in 1980 with an Associates degree in Agriculture.
Family: Married with two children and two granddaughters
Cherry Teague is a coowner of the farm, and has been on the team since she married George. As the wife of a farmer, Cherry does a little of everything, working with the animals, in the office, meeting customers, doing marketing, and feeding everyone who comes in her kitchen. She also is the source of a much wisdom, encouragement, and down to earth common sense.
Cherry loves to help people learn about organic food and diet. She also enjoys reading, camping , boating and cooking.
Family: Married with multiple cats, two children, and two granddaughters
Education: Associates degree in Criminal Justice
Melissa Wilson Blanchard is our office manager, and if you’ve ever talked to her, she’s all about helping others. Here at Reedy Fork Organic Farm, she loves doing whatever it takes to help others learn about the Organic way of life using local foods and feeds for pets.
Melissa is a busy woman loves to cook, garden, exercise and shop. In addition to the work Melissa does here, she owns Blanchard’s Blessings, which makes Organic dog treats!
Education: Graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2011 BA in Business and Marketing, Minor in Economics and Minor in Human Development & Family Studies
Family: Married with three dogs and two children.
Ben Miller is our Field Manager, and has been on the farm since 2002, and he does just a little of everything. He’s in the fields a lot, bringing in the grains so that our cows are fed and our mill is running. He also has a real soft spot for the cow, and is in charge of milking them one weekend every month.
Ben loves anything mechanical -from restoring antique tractors to tinkering with cars. He also likes building things – especially woodworking – guns and trucks. Don’t let that fool you. Ben is a romantic at heart; as you know if you’ve read about his romantic proposal and subsequent marriage to his wife Aeriel.
Education: Associated Degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College
Family: Married with four dogs, multiple cats, and pigs. He’s also George Teague’s nephew.
Howard “Buck” Truitt has worked on our farm – and now in the mill – for over 40 years. Buck does a bit of everything around here; he’s the quintessential farm hand, and he’s been lending his hand through thick and thin! Buck’s mechanical inclinations make him an invaluable for fixing whatever we need to have fixed, and he’s great with the animals, too.
When he’s not helping here, you’ll find Buck at a yard sale, playing with his amazing grandchildren (just ask him), or tinkering with old cars – or one of his three beautifully aging trucks.
Education: Altamahaw Ossippee High School
Family: Married with amazing grandchildren
Joe Mitchell runs our feed mill, making sure it is kept in tip top shape. He makes the feed, loads it into bags, and makes sure it is loaded for delivery. (Sometimes that means he puts it in a customer’s truck!) Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Joe has seven dogs. He loves to hunt and loves taking pictures.
Education: Certificate in digital film making from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University.
Family: Engaged to Sarah Ray.
Abeabe Bonge hails from Ethiopia, and we think he came from there just to work for us! Abeabe is our poultry manager, taking care of everything from feeding the chickens to washing and packaging the eggs. The chickens are his babies. Not only does he take very good physical care of them, he pets them and takes pictures of them. And if there is a predator…well, just be glad you’re not one!
In Ethiopia, Abeabe was a college lecturer for 7 years at Gambella University. He also worked at Ethiopia Meat Dairy Technology Institute for 1 year. He came to the United States in 2016 to marry his beautiful wife.
Education: Masters of Science Degree in Animal Health and Production Addis Ababa University
Family: Abeabe is married with two young daughters.
Jacob Pless does all our field work. He runs the tractors, does the planting, combining, and harvesting.. He also maintains our fences. His job is every day all day, keeping our cows in the pasture and grazing happily. Of course, some of his work ends up in the mill, keeping your animals well fed!
Education: Graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Agriculture.
Family: Jacob’s Dad is a retired extension agent who is now a full time cattle farmer.