According to Joyce Nicholas
, one of J. P. Sessions' six children, "Daddy was determined to have something of his own one day that he could pass on to his children."
says, "They tell me it was great in the old days.
says, "With that came more land, which meant more income, but also more debt, which meant that each one of the six children had to do more hard work."
The potato production in the 60s to late 80s and a contract with Frito-Lay gave the farm a boost," says Joyce
says, "That was in 1974, and Art, along with my sister Judy and her husband Philip, took over the role of decision makers on the farm.
says, "Philip and Judy have a wonderful small-scale family farm, and all of their children work to help plant, cultivate, and harvest their crops.
says, "In the early 80s, Art began planting peach trees, something our Daddy had tried several years earlier without success because the varieties did not survive due to the number of chill hours required to produce the peaches."
says, "They have been using this system for over 15 years now.
is no longer associated with the farm on a daily basis, but she
still has a heart for the land.Joyce is a soil conservationist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
In that capacity, she
saw a connection with her
family and a group of NRCS employees.
says, "All in all, I can tie the NOPBNRCSE
and our family farm together in that we, the Sessions Family, are like their group.
Johnny Trayvick, an NRCS employee and past president of NOPBNRCSE states, "Joyce
, you have a real nice family.
Mrs. Sessions says, "Joyce
, your NRCS friends are nice."
says, "I have to agree, NRCS folks are good people-just like family."
As for J. P. Sessions' dream of having something to pass on to his
says, "I think our Daddy would be proud of the accomplishments each one of his
children and grandchildren has made.
Typical of the attitude of the people of the land, Joyce Nicholas
says, "The can do attitude prevails.