Q&A Tuesday: Tony Bono of Flora Ridge Farm

Worth posting. Goodness grows in NC

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“You’ve heard of enlightenment, right,” he says.

“Well this is en-lettucement.”

A pause.

We crack up. The tour continues.

We walk through the greenhouses with him spouting knowledge, me with pad of paper and number two pencil in hand.

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I was spending the morning with Tony Bono of Flora Ridge Farm. It’s a hydroponic operation that he and his wife, Joy have run for over ten years in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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By the elaborate setup, I had assumed Tony had always done this. But like a growing number of today’s family farms, Flora Ridge is a first (and possibly single) generational farm.

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“I started out in restaurants,” he shared. “My dad owned a popular sandwich shop in Pennsylvania, and I opened my first deli at 21. I make the best cheese steak sandwich you’ll ever taste!”

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But just as business was peaking, he decided to move on. “I…

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