One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 20, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
In the 1980’s two sisters played a big part in the Kenney Family. They were the daughters of Marilyn and Tonnie Prevatte. The oldest was Tina and her younger sister was Stephanie. Those two girls were a big part of our family whether thru babysitting or being with us on shared Prevatte/Kenney family vacations. Their mom owned a gymnastic academy and Stephanie and my daughter Becca were big parts of that experience.
Tina Prevatte was accepted and enrolled in the North Carolina School of Science and Math in 1993 for her junior and senior years of high school. After graduating from NC S&M she went of to California to attend college at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkley where she graduated with her undergraduate degree. Later on she came back to North Carolina and she completed her graduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill.
After graduate school the entrepreneur in her came out and she started a company. Her dad and mom are both small business owners and she had being a business owner in her genes.
The company Tina started along with her fellow co-founder Jennifer Curtis is called Firsthand Foods. It originally was called Farmhand Foods but that name was claimed by a another business and after some negotiations Tina and Jennifer settled on Firsthand. Firsthand wasn’t the two’s first foray into owning a business they actually began by selling sausage sandwiches out of a food truck called the “Sausage Wagon”.
Firsthand Foods is a Center for Environmental Farming System (NC STATE) incubated business that connects North Carolina’s pasture-based livestock producers with local food lovers, restaurants, and retailers. Tina business sources from a network of remarkable farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without feeding antibiotics or animal by-products, or using added hormones.
What Tina does is the legwork necessary to get a consistent selection of quality local meats into local markets. They trace their products back to the farm of origin so their customers know exactly where their meat comes from and how it was raised.
Firsthand Foods seeks to build a more sustainable food system for North Carolina. When you purchase Firsthand Foods’ beef and pork products you are supporting local NC Farmers, the environment, and promoting your own health by avoiding meat that has been treated with hormones.
Really proud of Tina’s business success and the Raleigh News and Observer did a story on them at link below:
Tina lives in Durham with her husband Josh and two daughters Louisa and Ida.
Tina business has led her to become friends with a farmer right up the road from the campus of UNC Pembroke Mr. Eddie Moore.
The Friend – Tina Prevatte
The Friend of the Friend-Eddie Moore shown at his pasture in Prospect, NC
The Prospect NC Cattle Farmer
Eddie Moore and his brother, Luther, farm together full-time in Robeson County. While tobacco used to be a mainstay of their operation, they now focus on row crop and beef cattle production. Eddie has developed his own markets for beef in recent years under the brand “Moore Brothers All Natural Beef.” He sells to several restaurants in Raleigh and Wilmington and through his own retail store in the nearby town of Prospect.
Eddie is happy to have Tina and Firsthand help him do the marketing which takes time he rather spend farming and working the land.
Eddie lives on the farm with his wife and three children. He is a man who prefers wide open spaces and no traffic lights. Eddie and his wife are Lumbee Indian and have deep family roots in Robeson County. In the late 1800s, Eddie’s great- grandfather W.L Moore became the first head master of the Croatan Normal School, an American Indian school that eventually became UNC Pembroke. In the 2014 the building dedicated to W.L Moore was given a facelift.
Photo below is some of W.L Moore descendants at dedication.
Eddie is one of 11 siblings with many still in the Prospect/Pembroke community.
Eddie manages 120 brood (or momma) cows on 220 acres. His Angus-based cattle
are raised on pastures planted to rye and millet; at certain times of year they receive supplemental hay and small grains. Eddie manages his beef herd without feeding antibiotics or using added hormones.
Proud of the work Tina Prevatte is doing and glad to learn about the success of “Moore Brother All Natural Beef”.