Entrepreneurial Farmers
Virginia H. Harris Progressive Farmer Associate Editor
Fri Oct 25, 2013 05:44 PM CDT

Nearly every farmer deals with a few unproductive acres not suited for traditional row crops. Jo Lynn Mitchell and Ward Wilkins are no exception. But rather than idling the land they saw an opportunity to transform their respective acreage into successful enterprises. Mitchell and Wilkins offer two starkly different examples, but share one similarity—value-added income.

Jo Lynn Mitchell has a habit of proving people wrong, including herself. The Mississippi native grew up on a small farm that supplied her family's kitchen with fresh vegetables, eggs and milk. But, in her words, she "had no intentions of farming."

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