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Johnson Farm hires farm manager

Joy Owens Joy Owens

Joy Owens has been named the farm director of Historic Johnson Farm.

Owens attended Mills River Elementary School, Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School before graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sustainability science from Furman University.
During her time at Furman, she served for a year as manager of Furman Farm, an organic farm on campus, supervising a staff of eight students in a work study program and managing other student volunteers as well as volunteers from the Greenville community.

She also worked as an intern with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, where she participated in the Climate Friendly Parks project, led house tours and cared for animals.

Owens is currently accepting reservations for school field trips at the farm. Since coming to Historic Johnson Farm, she has been involved in studying what the teams of farm volunteers have done in the past. She is involved in organizing and putting her personal stamp on all the planned educational activities offered at the farm.

Owens started a Facebook page to supplement the farm website at

Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Road, is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge to walk the grounds. Guided tours of the brick farmhouse, boarding house and other buildings are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is at $5 for adults and $3 for children. Preschoolers are admitted free. Guided tours include a visit with the Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists in the former boarding house. Call 828-891-6585 for more information.