Back to basics: Helping one small business at a timePublished 8:40pm Monday, May 19, 2014
CHOCOWINITY — A Chocowinity farm is striving to keep everything they buy and sell local to boost local economy, along with helping the community.
The Raised In A Barn Farm a Boahn family-owned business wants to help local growers, craftsmen, food banks and the children in Beaufort County. The Boahn family aims to help local growers and craftsmen in the county sell what they make.
The products are all Beaufort County grown and they want to stick to as organic as possible, according to owner Jane Boahn.
“We make jellies and jams all from local produce, and we do canning of various types as well,” Boahn said.
They also want to reach the community through education as well. They have classes to teach people not only to make jelly, jam and canning, but also to also knit and crochet, which helps to keep local traditions alive, according to Boahn.
Two of the local nonprofits they help are Eagle’s Wings and the Beaufort County 4-H.
“We have done donations through Eagle’s Wings in the past and we will do more as time continues,” Boahn said. “We have done some personal donations ourselves and we’ll continue to help in the future.”
They recently just started their Raised In A Barn Farm 4-H club. As a new club, they have just 12 members, but in the recent weeks they took part in a goat and livestock show and took them to market. They also plan to do more shows in the future, Boahn said.
“We are very much involved with anything in the community and will help fundraise in the immediate area,” said Bowan.
It is also important to Boahn that she helps those who have disabilities to showcase their talents, she said,
Many of the crafts sold in the store are made by local residents that are handicapped or disabled. One of the craftsmen is a blind gentlemen and Boahn sells his hand made jewelry and dog toys in the store.
“We try and make a market for those in the area to supplement their income as well,” Boahn said. “We keep it reasonable so it is affordable.”
Boahn said visitors are welcome to browse and have a look at the animals.
Raised In A Bar Farm is located on 2106 N.C. Highway 33 in Chocowinty.