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Agricultural Traditions

Liza Plaster with her goat

Longtime Happy Valley residents Tony Jones, Hoy and Bertha Moretz and Liza Plaster describe their efforts to keep traditional farming practices of the region alive, whether by working the land with horses, steer and oxen or raising goats for cheese.

Jones' "Plow Day" and "Mow Day" festivities in spring and summer bring the community together to enjoy traditional fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo music of the region as they witness demonstrations of how the land has been worked with animals for generations. Plaster's goats produce chevre, camembert and feta for area restaurants, and she even markets chocolate goat cheese truffles. "Everything's changing, and people are trying to find a niche in agriculture to survive," Jones says.

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Susan Kluttz, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor

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