21 Apr '12, 1pm

Hope and Innovation: A Quest for an Old-Fashioned Seed Machine

Hope and Innovation: A Quest for an Old-Fashioned Seed Machine

Because she’s dubbed the “Lavender Lady,” most people might expect Norma DeCamp Burns to envision hope as a soft, supple shade of purple. It turns out her version is closer to a glistening stainless steel — perhaps even a slight shade of rust. “I need to find an old-fashioned seed-cleaning machine,” says Norma. “Or an engineer out there to help me design something new, lean and effective. It’s the missing piece of my puzzle.” Norma’s puzzle is figuring out how to keep her North Carolina family farm from disappearing. In the Tar Heel state, that is an uphill battle; North Carolina loses 55 acres of farmland each day. She single-handedly operates Bluebird Hill Farm in Bennett, NC, where she grows USDA Certified Organic fresh herbs, specialty vegetables and Grosso Lavender — ideally suited for the temperate Southeast climate. Norma is an innovator and entrepreneur by nature; ...

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