Local Tree Farmer Featured in COVID-19 Farm Safety Story
Tracy and Scott Taylor have operated Stone Mountain Farm in western Watauga County since 1988. During the beginning of the pandemic crisis, with PPE being in short supply, Tracy reached out to N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County and the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute looking for assistance in acquiring Tyvek suits, N-95 masks, and other safety equipment. With much of the nation’s PPE being channeled to healthcare providers, many farmers had a hard time equipping their workers with the proper gear needed for safe pesticide application and other general farm safety needs.
Tracy will be the first to tell you that her workers are like family. Many of the 20+ farmworkers at Stone Mountain Farm have worked with her and Scott for years. Since the pandemic began, Tracy has been a vocal advocate and resource for farm safety on Christmas tree farms, participating on a number of industry Zoom webinars to share with other producers ways to help keep their workers safe. Tracy’s efforts with the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute were recently featured in an ARTICLE BY EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY.