About Us: Our Operation & Family

 

Farm History

 

Scott farms is a 3rd generation family farm. They have been farming near Lucama in southwestern Wilson County in North Carolina since before the Civil War.

These days the farm is operated by Linwood “Sonny” Scott Jr. and his family, and like many of the Scotts who came before him, Sonny got his start working in the fields from an early age. Sonny grew up helping his dad, Linwood Sr., on the farm. After high school Sonny attended N.C. State for a short time and then served in the Army Reserves for six years.

Upon his return from the service, Sonny went back to the fields alongside his dad and managed his own six-acre plot of tobacco and rented some nearby land to grow corn and soybeans. Shortly thereafter, Sonny married his high school sweetheart, Alice Honeycutt, and six years later, they bought their first piece of land, a 26-acre farm.

After the death of his father, Sonny started farming on his own in 1977. He farmed 60 acres of tobacco that first year, and in 1983, Sonny started growing sweet potatoes on 15 acres. By 1985, he and his now teenage sons, Linwood III and Dewey, were growing 100 acres of sweet potatoes and built a curing and processing building for their sweet potatoes.


 
Farm Expansion

Today, the Scotts’ family farming operation includes around 5,000 acres on sandy-loam soils—the best soil for growing top-quality sweet potatoes and tobacco—in Wilson, Johnston, and Wayne counties in NC. With 1,900 acres of sweet potatoes, 1,100 acres of tobacco, 2,000 acres of soybeans, and a small amount of wheat, everyone in the family has a hand in the work. 

Scott Farms, Inc. is wholly owned by the Scott Family—Sonny, Alice, Linwood III, and Dewey. Now partners in business with their father, Linwood III looks after the family’s tobacco operation and oversees the farming operations, while Dewey manages the sweet potato growing, packing, and shipping business. In 2000, Scott Farms saw an opportunity to market their sweet potatoes in the UK. In 2005, the Scotts formed an international subsidiary, Scott Farms UK, Ltd. Over the past three years, business has expanded and Scott Farms UK, Ltd. now sells sweet potatoes throughout Europe.

Scott Farms has a team of experienced staff working in their office and supervising their farming and processing operations. In addition, seasonal workers are employed to help with planting and harvesting.